Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) promotes and supports locally-based middle and high school programs that provide 21st century, academic, and technical skills for all students. Whether you plan to go to work straight out of high school or eventually earn a PhD, whether you have a clear career goal or just want to learn something practical and new, you can benefit from CTE. 

CTE Courses give students the opportunity to:

  • Explore careers in middle and high school, especially careers in high-demand, high-growth fields.
  • Identify a career goal.
  • Write a High School and Beyond Plan, with help from school career and guidance counselors, that identifies the high school and college-level academic and skills-based classes, training programs and apprenticeships that will best prepare you for your career path of choice.
  • Take classes in high schools and at community and technical colleges that apply math, science, and other academic subjects in real-life, hands-on ways.
  • Pursue a rigorous Program of Study that leads to industry certifications, a registered apprenticeship or two- and four-year college options.
  • Earn tuition-free college credits as well as high school credits required for graduation.
  • Become leaders by participating in skills competitions and community service.