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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 schools who create videos that showcase the value of hands-on, student-focused learning. All completed videos will be featured on Career Bridge.wa.gov, so fame is guaranteed, even if you don't win a gift card!

**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 now. The first three completed videos will win awards.

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


Get social with us!

Join us on Twitter at @WorkforceWash and use #GetReal


All Entries Must:

  • Be 90 seconds to 3 minutes in length.
  • Include action shots in classrooms or on school grounds.
  • Include at least one employer interview about the value of CTE.
  • Include at least one student interview about the value of CTE.

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.

Check out sample videos to tell your CTE success story

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

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.

Got a cell phone? You can make a video!

Don't have high-end video equipment at your school. No problem! The Get Real video project is designed so students with access to a cell phone or tablet can successfully shoot videos that promote CTE in their local area!

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!

The fine print:

All videos must be rated appropriate for ALL school audiences. Use music that's original or licensed to use/ publish. Copyright-free, royalty-free, and Creative Commons music is accepted. Attribute original author in credits.


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.


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

What's the project all about?

Washington was one of just four states to receive an award from Advance CTE, a national advocate for policies and legislation that promote high-quality CTE. Read more:


Workforce Board awarded $20,000 grant to promote CTE
In the spring of 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 parents.

Advance CTE messaging to drive Get Real videos

Advance CTE held three focus groups find messages that resonate with students and parents. Below, are fact sheets with the findings. This messaging will drive the videos students create to promote high quality CTE in their 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







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