America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state and federal
organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and
education exploration. The network's national activities are funded by a grant
from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funded ACRN activities in
every state and territory until the passage of Perkins IV.
ACRN is focused on helping students and adults make the best possible decisions
about education, training and career development. ACRN helps learners identify
their skills and interests, and plan an education and training pathway that
makes the most of their natural abilities and leads directly to fulfilling
For teachers and counselors, ACRN provides guides and curricula that help them
incorporate career development into a high-quality academic program. For
students, ACRN emphasizes the connection between academic work and future
career options, helping learners of all ages to focus on achievement.
About This Web site
This Web site serves as an online hub for career development professionals,
parents, and students who want information on how career development encourages
and enhances solid academic achievement.
You can get to this information by following the links for a specific audience,
or exploring the general information links, Resource Library, and NCDG and CDMT
tools and resources. Take a look at the site map for a complete picture of how
information on this Web site is structured.
ACRN Legislative Authority
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (http://www.ed.gov/policy/sectech/leg/perkins/index.html)
was passed by Congress in late July and signed by the President in August 2006.
The bill retains occupational and employment information as a separate program
(Section 118) and includes strong provisions for career development and an
increased focus on information on high skill, high wage, or high demand
occupations in current or emerging professions and non-traditional fields.
In 2006, for the year starting in July 2007, Section 118 has been included in
the authorization bills of both the House and the Senate. No funding has
however been appropriated for sponsoring occupational and employment
information related activities. This program had earlier provided funding to
each state and territory to "support academic and career guidance."
The Congress defined specific activities for state CRNs in Section 118 that
The fifty-nine ACRN states and territories that received funding under Section
118 have and currently are responding to this charge by producing and
disseminating quality educational and occupational products, and providing
training and services in a multitude of ways. These activities give Americans
nationwide (including students, counselors and educators at the secondary and
postsecondary levels; and customers of One Stop centers, vocational
rehabilitation offices, and job service offices) the power to make informed
career and educational decisions.
provide support for career guidance and academic counseling programs designed
to promote improved career and education decision making by students (and
parents, as appropriate) regarding education (including postsecondary
education) and training options and preparations for high skill, high wage, or
high demand occupations and non-traditional fields;
make available to students, parents, teachers, administrators, faculty, and
career guidance and academic counselors, and to improve accessibility with
respect to, information and planning resources that relate academic and career
and technical educational preparation to career goals and expectations;
provide academic and career and technical education teachers, faculty,
administrators, and career guidance and academic counselors with the knowledge,
skills, and occupational information needed to assist parents and students,
especially special populations, with career exploration, educational
opportunities, education financing, and exposure to high skill, high wage, or
high demand occupations and non-traditional fields, including occupations and
fields requiring a baccalaureate degree;
assist appropriate State entities in tailoring career related educational
resources and training for use by such entities, including information on high
skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions
and on career ladder information;
improve coordination and communication among administrators and planners of
programs authorized by this Act and by section 15 of the Wagner-Peyser Act at
the Federal, State, and local levels to ensure nonduplication of efforts and
the appropriate use of shared information and data;
provide ongoing means for customers, such as students and parents, to provide
comments and feedback on products and services and to update resources, as
appropriate, to better meet customer requirements; and
provide readily available occupational information such as — (A) information
relative to employment sectors; (B) information on occupation supply and
demand; and (C) other information provided pursuant to section 15 of the
Wagner-Peyser Act as the jointly designated State entity considers relevant.
Information on the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act
Amendments of 2006 (U.S. Congress)
http://www.ed.gov/policy/sectech/leg/perkins/index.html (for the full
text of Section 118, choose the "Text of Legislation" option, choose the final
bill, and follow the link to Section 118).
ACRN works through a network of national and state partners, including:
U.S. Department of
DoEd funds, oversees and evaluates ACRN activities in the states and
territories. The Department houses ACRN management in the Division of High
School, Postsecondary and Career Education within the Office of Vocational and
ACRN News Flash: Education and Career
View past issues of Education
and Career Connections and the ACRN News Flash!
The ACRN website won a 2006 Government
Standard of Excellence Award from the Web Marketing Association for its design,
innovation, content, interactivity and use of technology. The Web site was
chosen for this award from among 2,300 entries in over 35 countries.