Career & Technical Education

Career and technical education (CTE) prepares learners for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. The goal of CTE is to prepare students to be college- and career-ready by integrating academic, employability, and technical skills. Through clear career pathways and postsecondary partnerships, CTE provides students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that will allow students to successfully transition to life after graduation.

What does CTE Offer our Students?

Real options for students for college and rewarding careers

  • CTE programs allow students to explore a range of options for their future - inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Through CTE, students can start their path toward a career that they are passionate about, while earning valuable experience, college credits and more.

  • CTE students are more likely to have a post-high school plan - including college - than other students; just 2% of CTE students say they "don't know" what they will do after high school.

Real-world skills for students

  • CTE is a unique opportunity for hands on learning - putting students at the center of the action.

  • CTE provides the skills and confidence students need to pursue career options, discover their passions and get on a path to success.

  • Students in CTE programs and their parents are three times as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their and their children's ability to learn real-world skills as part of their current education compared to parents and students not involved in CTE.

Real middle and high school experience with more value for students

  • CTE programs are a part of middle and high school - students can participate in CTE and the other activities they enjoy, such as sports, the arts or whatever else their friends are doing.

  • CTE takes students even further during their high school experience - providing opportunities for specialized classes, internships, and networking with members of the community.

  • Students in CTE programs and their parents are twice as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their high school education experience compared to prospective CTE students and their parents.

Career Development Coordinators

Whether you are trying to choose a high school courses, research career paths, look for an internship, or find the educational requirements needed to pursue your dream job, Career Development Coordinators can help you make a plan.

They connect the dots for your future - your CDC “IS” the person in the Career and Technical Education department that you want to know in Middle and High School to help you explore your future career interest and connect you with career professionals.

What are Career Development Coordinators?

Career Development Coordinators (CDC) support Career and Technical Education (CTE) and coordinate career development services for students participating in CTE. The CDC works collaboratively with administrators, student services personnel, and teachers to ensure the delivery of career development services. CDCs facilitate linkages with parents, business/industry, postsecondary institutions, and community organizations to support students' transition to postsecondary education and employment.

What can students do to be Career & College Ready?