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Take the CTE "Get Real" Video Challenge

Got a cell phone? You can make a video. And win a prize! The Workforce Board's video contest encourages Washington CTE students to shoot their own videos to help promote Career and Technical Education.

Win a gift card...and fame!

The Workforce Board is offering $25 gift certicates to the first three students who create videos that showcase the value of hands-on, student-focused learning. All completed videos approved by your teacher and the Workforce Board will be featured on Career Bridge.wa.gov, so fame is guaranteed, even if you don't win a gift card!

Note: If you're participating as part of a team, up to three students per team are eligible for the award, for a maximum of $75 in gift cards per team.


Get social with us! On Twitter at @WorkforceWash and use #GetReal

Contest Rules and Guidelines for the "Get Real" Video Challenge

Who: Open to all Washington CTE students in middle and high school. Students and their teachers can enter individually, or as a group.

What: Create a short video to promote why CTE is a "Get Real" opportunity for both students AND employers.

When: Contest is open. The first three completed videos will win awards. Please get them to us by June 21. (We extended the deadline a few days.)

How: Upload your video to YouTube and submit the URL to careerbridge@wtb.wa.gov.

Provide: Signed student authorization form. (*required*)

All Entries MUST:

  • Be 90 seconds to 3 minutes in length.
  • Include action shots in classrooms or on school grounds.
  • Include footage of at least one full class of CTE students.
  • Include at least three student interviews.
  • Include at least one employer interview about the value of CTE.
  • The employer MUST have hired a CTE student from your school, currently or in the past.
  • Employers CANNOT be school district employees. We want employers who are from the local business community who can talk about the "business value" of CTE.

Student authorization forms required

All students featured in videos must have signed authorization on file with their school district that allows their images to be used. All videos must be rated appropriate for ALL school audiences. School staff must sign authorization forms.

Music must be ok to use

Use music that's original or licensed to use/ publish. Copyright-free, royalty-free, Creative Commons music is accepted. Attribute original author in credits.

Video should show how CTE delivers these three things:

  1. Real options for college and rewarding careers.
  2. Real world skills.
  3. A real high school experience with more value.


Career Bridge features videos all in one place
The popular www.CareerBridge.wa.gov website will showcase your videos. This lets other students, teachers, parents--and anyone in Washington, really-- find out more about the value of CTE!

Staff contact: Marina Parr, (360) 709-4607


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Check out sample videos and a toolkit

The Workforce Board contracted with the Seattle Film Institute to create a toolkit and two sample videos to help you get started.

View the sample videos!

Video toolkit provides technical tips

Get technical tips for setting up shots, capturing sound, and conducting interviews.The toolkit also links to the sample videos so students can learn, step by step. Download the toolkit.

Workforce Board awarded grant to promote CTE
In 2017, the Workforce Board was awarded a $20,000 grant from Advance CTE to promote high quality Career and Technical Education to Washington students and their parents.
We were the only state to launch a student-driven video project. This funding helped pay to administer the video project, create two sample videos and toolkit.



Print the one sheet with all the details! (PDF)

Advance CTE messaging to drive Get Real videos

Advance CTE held three focus groups to find messages that resonate with students and parents. Below are fact sheets with the findings.You can use this messaging to help promote high quality CTE in your community:


View Career-Connected Learning In Action!

In 2014, the Workforce Board produced four videos that featured career-connected learning in schools across the state. See the videos (below) that demonstrate the power of partnering with employers for internships, job shadows, and career fairs, and through industry-driven projects and other work-based learning.

  1. Career-Connected Learning: What is it?
  2. Work Experience
  3. Project-Based Learning
  4. Career Exploration

Get more information about the value of CTE

Learn more about Career and Technical Education. Then connect to the Workforce Board's annual Workforce Training Results report to see the return on investment to participants and taxpayers at the high school and college level.





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