PIPEline to Career Success for Students with Disabilities


This data-driven professional development and technical assistance program engages teams in long-term and sustainable improvement processes addressing the root causes of outcome gaps in career pathways for students with disabilities. Cross-functional teams will research, analyze, and be equipped with the knowledge and tools to support a continuous improvement using NAPE’s 5-step cycle: Organize, Explore, Discover, Select, Act. Participants will align strategies, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes through peer-to-peer collaboration and evaluation to foster learning environments that promote an increase in the number of students with disabilities who:

  • Enroll in CTE career pathways;
  • Participate in related work-based learning experiences in authentic employment settings
  • Earn college and career credentials in CTE career pathways;
  • Graduate from high school as a CTE career pathway completer;
  • Continue their education and training beyond high school; and
  • Enter in-demand employment

Target Audience

Secondary/Postsecondary Teachers/Staff,  Administrators, Counselors, Support Staff, State Departments


Year-long multi-day workshop series including technical assistance calls, an Action Research for Equity Project, and a cumulative showcase.

Examples of Impact

CTE teachers are excited about this work and are very eagerly engaged in learning more to make their programs more equitable and accessible to all students.

NAPE’s professional development solutions are designed to assist teams of educators to address specific needs related to: equitable learning environments, student academic success and ultimately, readiness to pursue high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.