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
- 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!