Vision Statement

The DoDEA Career Technical Education (CTE) Program will empower students to acquire the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills to enter, compete, and advance in their education and career in a global economy.

What is CTE?

Career Technical Education (CTE) is an education pathway that provides students with the academic, technical, and real world knowledge, skills and experience they need to be prepared for a variety of career options. CTE gives students training and skills in many different types of careers in high growth industries such as science and technology, healthcare, and business management. CTE programs are personalized, hands-on, and let students explore different career fields. CTE is part of the high school experience, and prepares students for the full range of opportunities after high school, including college and careers.

  • CTE Helps Students Prepare for the Real World

CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge. Students receive hands-on training, mentoring, and internships from employers in their community. They also learn how to develop a resume and interview for a job. These additional tools and experiences make school more relevant, and ensure students are ready for the real world.

  • CTE Students Get More from High School

CTE gives learning a boost. It combines regular academic courses with career-focused courses, skill-building, mentoring, and work opportunities to give students extra preparation for college and careers. CTE students also do better in class because the hands-on experience makes academic subjects more engaging and more interesting. CTE students have a significantly greater high school graduation rate then the national average.

  • CTE Allows Students to Explore More Possibilities

CTE gives students opportunities to figure out what they are passionate about and want to do after high school. Students explore a range of career options based on what they love to do and do well. CTE helps students build confidence and leadership skills to meet their goals in and out of the classroom.

  • CTE Gives Students an Extra Advantage

CTE gives students a head start on both college and careers through specialized classes, mentoring, and work experiences in fields where jobs are in demand - like health care, engineering, and information technology. When young people develop valuable skills, make connections, and build a network while they are in high school, they have an inside track on a successful career.

What are Career Clusters and Pathways?

Career Clusters represent major groupings of similar occupations and industries within the U.S. job market. Each Career Cluster provides students with an overview of career options and an understanding of the broad industry. Within each of the Career Clusters are various Career Pathways, which are sequences of CTE courses designed to prepare students for careers and continued education.

Learn more about Career Clusters and Pathways in DoDEA's Education and Career Planning Guide - Career Explorer.

Career Clusters and Pathways Offered in DoDEA Schools

The following Career Clusters and Pathways are offered in various schools throughout the Americas region:

High School Graduation Requirements and CTE Pathway Endorsements

All DoDEA graduates must complete 2 credits in Career Technical Education (.5 credit must be a Computer Technology Course) to receive a DoDEA diploma. For a complete list of DoDEA Graduation Requirements, click here.

Did you know ???

By completing 3 credits in a DoDEA Career Pathway, students will earn a CTE Pathway Endorsement on their high school transcript. The CTE Pathway Endorsement shows prospective employers, scholarship boards, colleges, universities, training programs, and the military that a student has:

  • Completed a comprehensive, in-depth, and applied course of study in a specialized area.
  • Developed transferable work habits including self-reflection, self-direction, and perseverance through purposeful and meaningful learning experiences.
  • Participated in learning opportunities that are diverse, rigorous, and connected to the world outside of the school building.

To learn more about CTE, Career Clusters and Pathways, or earning a CTE Pathway Endorsement, please see your school counselors and CTE teachers.