Career and Technical Education PROGRAMS

CTE (Career and Technical Education) career clusters in K12 traditional public schools include areas of focus like STEM, health care careers, digital technology, and more. Whether a student is interested in career classes such as Exploring Early Childhood, Business Law, or K12 careers, CTE provides all students with direction. 

The knowledge, technical skills, and training necessary to succeed in trade schools and future careers are foundational to CTE. Challenging academic standards prepare these students for the real world by introducing workplace competencies and providing a hands-on academic experience.

The variety of pathways available to students are organized into career clusters. The Student Interest Survey for Career Clusters is a guidance tool that provides the top three clusters that might suit a student’s interests. 

Students searching for trade schools near me or a career academy might also find that high school CTE courses are a good first step on their career path. A trade school education or a high school CTE certification can lead to good-paying jobs and/or the desire for additional education.

The variety of CTE courses related to the career cluster topics are limitless.  The most popular CTE classes include Culinary Arts, Baking, Accounting, Energy Technology, Web Design, Business Management, Business Law, Computer Information Systems, Architectural Drafting, Auto Mechanics, Graphic Design, Construction, Metalwork, Welding, Furniture Making, Floral Design, Building Trades, Health Sciences, Multimedia Arts, Law Enforcement, Agriculture, Audio-Video Technology, Building Trades, Health Occupations, etc.

Benefits to students in CTE programs:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who focus on CTE courses in high school earned a higher annual income than those who did not focus on CTE.  
  • Career and technical education classes provide benefits beyond job training for students; they offer advancement for students interested in entering a wide range of career fields.
  • CTE jobs are always in demand.  The U.S. Manufacturing Institute states that the industry will fill more than three million positions over the next ten years to students with technical education and training.
  • CTE students are more likely to graduate than non-CTE students
  • Students achieve in other core subjects. Students in schools with rigorous CTE programs and curriculum show significantly higher grades in reading, science, and mathematics than those who attend schools with less integrated programs.

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