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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) are courses at the middle and high school levels that help students explore career opportunities and learn how academic subjects like math and science are used in various career fields. These classes feature skills standards in a subject matter content as well as leadership and employability training. CTE courses are offered at our middle and high schools but do vary by school.

Students who take Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses learn to become lifelong learners and gain real-world, real-life skills.

CTE assists students to become career and college ready 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.

Through CTE, students:

  • Explore careers in middle and high school, especially careers in high-demand, high-need fields such as healthcare and green technologies.
  • Take classes in high schools that use technology, tools and equipment in a hands-on way that provide them with marketable job skills.
  • Pursue a rigorous Programs of Study to a registered apprenticeship, industry certifications and two- and four-year college options.
  • Have opportunities to network with employers and industry partners.
  • Earn tuition-free college credits as well as high school credits required for graduation.
  • Become leaders by participating in skills competitions and community service.

If your student has an interest or would like to explore a career field, please inquire within your schools counseling department about the availability of CTE courses offered at your school.