What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)? CTE provides students with opportunities to learn core academics and valuable workforce skills. These opportunities involve hands-on learning, project based delivery models and industry connections. This applicable linkage between what students learn in the classroom with what they need to succeed in the real world.
Does CTE prepare student for College and Career Readiness? Both. Students can no longer choose between college or career. In the global economy individuals need to obtain two or four year postsecondary education to secure a job with meaningful income. Postsecondary education includes technical schools, community colleges, universities, apprenticeship programs and more. Quality CTE programs utilize "programs of study" and/or "career pathways" as a framework to bridge curriculum gaps between secondary and postsecondary institutions.
Who are CTE students? CTE students are middle school, high school and postsecondary students of all ages who are lifelong learners. They seek opportunities to connect their classroom work with their career goals.
Who creates CTE programs? A strong network of leaders from secondary and postsecondary institutions, and business and industry develop quality CTE programs. Stakeholders partner to ensure programs prepare students with the knowledge and skills that are demanded in the global economy.
What types of careers does CTE offer? There is no "list" of careers. CTE continually prepares students for careers that are forecasted as high demand and high paying by industry. CTE programs allow for students to digest academic rigor and technical skill in fields such as health care, business, green energy, arts, agriculture, and information technology.