Career & Technical Education

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) refers to educational programs and courses that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to pursue careers in various industries and professions. CTE programs are designed to prepare students for the workforce by focusing on practical and hands-on learning experiences, alongside traditional academic knowledge. Career and Technical Education bridges the gap between education and the workforce, equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in specific career paths. 

Why CTE?

  • Career Technical Education offers both career-building courses and trade industry courses.

  • Prepares students for careers and employment.

  • Students can earn certifications and credentials during high school.

  • Integration of academic and technical skills.

  • Real-world projects, hands-on experience.

Key Characteristics of Career & Technical Education

Practical Skill Development: CTE programs emphasize the development of practical skills that are directly applicable to specific careers or industries. This can include skills such as automotive repair, culinary arts, computer programming, healthcare procedures, construction, and more.

Hands-on Learning: CTE courses often incorporate hands-on learning experiences, such as labs, workshops, simulations, and real-world projects. These experiences allow students to practice and refine their skills in a real-world context.

Industry Relevance: CTE programs are closely aligned with the needs of various industries. They are designed to equip students with the skills that employers are seeking, ensuring graduates are job-ready upon completion of their studies.

Career Pathways: Many CTE programs offer structured career pathways that guide students through a series of courses, leading to different levels of expertise and credentials. This helps students build a strong foundation and progress towards more advanced positions within a specific field.

Integration of Academic Content: While CTE programs are focused on practical skills, they also integrate academic content such as math, science, and communication skills. This integration ensures that students have a well-rounded education that supports their career goals.

Certifications and Credentials: Depending on the program and industry, CTE students can earn various certifications, licenses, and credentials that demonstrate their competency and expertise. These credentials can enhance their job prospects and earning potential.

Collaboration with Industry Partners: CTE programs often collaborate with local businesses, industries, and professionals. This collaboration can include internships, apprenticeships, guest lectures, and opportunities for students to interact with potential employers.

Partner With Us!

If you would like to partner with us and provide our students with a mentorship, internship, and/or service learning opportunity, please contact Anna Alday, CTE Coordinator.