Career and Technical Education

The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower students to be successful citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy. CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively and solve problems, and utilize technology in the thinking and problem-solving process.

Career and Technical Education fulfills an increasingly significant role in school reform efforts. Students who concentrate in a CTE area, earning at least four related technical credits and meeting other criteria, are better prepared for the further education and advanced training required to be successful in 21st century careers. Career and Technical Educators at the state and local levels partner with business and industry and with community colleges and other postsecondary institutions to ensure Career and Technical Education serves the needs of individual students and of the state.

Students are prepared for initial employment, further education at the community college or university level, and/or business ownership. A balanced program of classroom study and practical work experiences produces competent workers who can manage resources, work cooperatively, organize and use information, understand complex systems, and apply appropriate technology in various industries. (Excerpt from the NC DPI CTE website).

HHS CTE Program Areas:

  • Business Management & Administration

  • Information Technology

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Family & Consumer Science

  • Health Science

  • Trade & Industry (Automotive Technology & Construction)

  • Career Development & Work-Based Learning (in all areas)

Please review the Pathway Guides to explore career specific CTE course electives from each area listed above!

To learn more about Work-Based Learning opportunities and the National Technical Honor Society for HHS students, please click on the named title links above.

Equal Opportunity Statement/Non-Discrimination

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504); and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of the Hickory Public Schools to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, sexual orientation, or disability in educational programs, activities, or employment policies.

For inquiries or complaints or to request a copy of the Hickory Public Schools grievance procedures, please contact the following: Angela K. Simmons, Section 504 Coordinator at 828-322-2855, or Timothy Sims, Title IX Coordinator at 828-322-2855. For a full copy of our Non-Discrimination Notice, please visit bit.ly/HPSCTE-NDStatement.