Career and Technical Education

CTE: Learning that works for America ™

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Career and Technical Education Programs

  • Are identifiable, but also integrated with other programs
  • Enhance students' career development knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Are articulated across all program areas
  • Have a clear structure that includes leadership, SCANS competencies, high academic standards, and high
    workplace competency standards
  • Are accountable, and assess the career and educational development outcomes achieved by participating students

"Career and Technical Education" (CTE) is an educational program for middle school and high school students. At the high school level, CTE students can take a sequence of courses directly related to their preparation for further education and training within a career pathway. CTE programs include competency-based, hands-on learning that contributes to an individual's application of academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, employability and work-related skills, and occupationally specific skills necessary for economic independence as a productive and contributing member of society. Region 13 is dedicated to preparing young people to manage the dual roles of a family member and wage earner.  Through CTE programs, students receive training for employment in a high-skill, high wage job. CTE students are encouraged to pursue post secondary education/ training with focus in their chosen occupational area.

CTE Program Areas

  • Agricultural Science and Technology Education (food, fiber, and animal production and agribusiness)
  • Business Education (accounting, business administration, management, information technology, and entrepreneurship)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (culinary arts, child development, housing and interior design, and life management skills)
  • Health Science Technology Education (nursing, dental, and medical technicians)
  • Marketing Education (management, entrepreneurship, merchandising, and retail)
  • Technology Education (production, communication, and transportation systems)
  • Trade and Industrial Education (skilled trades such as automotive technology, carpentry, and computer-aided drafting)

Sixteen Career Clusters

  • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
  • Business, Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics