CTE TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Academy - A school within a school. There is a Public Services Academy (Fire & EMT) at Graham High and a Finance Career Academy at Williams High.
ACTE - Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
Apprenticeship - A work-based learning experience that prepares a student for a journeyman certificate. Apprenticeship programs are controlled by the NC Department of Commerce.
Articulation Agreement - Allows students to receive credit for completion of identified Career and Technical Education courses upon entering a relevant community college program.
ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery - An aptitude and interest inventory. The US military provides and scores this assessment at no charge.
Business Advisory Council - A group of individuals who've been selected to help advise a business owner regarding any number of business issues, including marketing, sales, financing, expansion and so on; a body that advises the board of directors and management of a corporation but does not have authority to vote on corporate matters.
Business & Industry Partnerships - Local business and industry partners who provide relevant, realistic expertise to help students see the connection between academic success today and career success tomorrow.
Career Accelerator Program (CAP) - A four-year training partnership between local manufacturing companies, Alamance Community College and the Alamance Burlington School System. High school juniors and seniors are recruited and matched with these companies to train for their future career.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) - Comprises courses in Agricultural Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Career Development Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Occupations Education, Marketing Education, Technology Education and Trade and Industrial Education.
Career Cluster - The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.
Career Development - The process through which an individual comes to understand his or her career aspirations. Students develop and identify their careers through a continuum of career awareness, career exploration and work exposure activities that help them to discern their own career path. Career Development encompasses an individual's education and career-related choices and the outcome of those choices.
Career Fair - Business & Industry partners set up a display about their career or company to expose students to careers they may not be familiar with, and help the students think about their interests and abilities in relation to careers
Career Key – A career interest assessment that can be taken on paper or online.
CFNC - College Foundation of North Carolina - www.cfnc.org - An Internet college exploration tool that includes college search, electronic application process, and scholarship information.
CDC, Career Development Coordinator - School-to-career contact at each high school. ABSS CDCs work zonally and may work with middle school students or programs to expose students to CTE courses, to career and post-secondary options..
College Fair - Event where several colleges, and other postsecondary institutions, send representatives to one location so students can gather information from many schools.
Completer Course - is a second or third course in a series that builds upon skills acquired in the previous course(s). A completer course has a prerequisite.
CTE - see Career and Technical Education.
CTE CONCENTRATOR - A concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a Career Cluster, at least one of which is a completer course. The student may earn all four credits from foundation courses or three from foundation courses and one from enhancement courses for the Career Cluster.
DPI, NCDPI, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - Implements the policy and direction of the State Board of Education. This state agency develops the N.C. Standard Course of Study for K-12 schools and provides testing, reporting, financial and other services to local school districts. DPI also monitors compliance with a variety of laws and policies.
Dual Enrollment - the enrollment of a high school student, 16 years or older, in a community college curriculum or continuing education course, except adult high school. Students earn community college credit, and ABSS credit. The tuition is free.
Elective Courses - High school courses that are not required for all students. Career-oriented elective courses include Career and Technical Education, Arts Education and JROTC courses.
Employability Skills - Skills such as punctuality, responsibility, dependability, honesty, teamwork and integrity, which can all be translated into the work environment.
Enhancement course - Augments related knowledge and skills developed in foundation courses and provides for success in postsecondary education and careers in the Career Cluster.
Foundation Course - Provides fundamental knowledge and skills needed for student success in secondary and postsecondary education and careers in the Career Cluster.
Internship - Work-based learning experience that promotes the development of workplace skills and career planning strategies. The work-based experience links classroom learning and the skills needed in the workplace. This experience lasts at least 180 hours and may be paid or unpaid.
Job Fair - Event where several local employers with current vacancies come together to share opportunities with graduating seniors.
Job Shadowing - Student with a particular career interest spends a half to full day with someone who holds a position in that career.
Mock Interview - a practice interview designed to simulate a real job interview as closely as possible.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) - is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States.
NAF, National Academy Foundation - a national organization that assists and coordinates career academies. The Finance Academy at Williams High School is a NAF academy.
NCACTE - North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education is the North Carolina state association affiliated with ACTE and is dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
NC SOICC, North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee - Career resources for North Carolina.
On The Job Training (OJT) - Training provided in the public or private sector that is given to a paid employee while engaged in productive work and provides knowledge and skills essential to the full and adequate performance on the job.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) - Prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education.
Prosperity Zone - The State of North Carolina is divided into eight Prosperity Zones. Each Zone has a one-stop location to provide citizens and businesses with the ability to interact with multiple state agencies, and to encourage collaboration between state, local governmental agencies and other regional agencies agencies to facilitate efficiency within the state government.
School-to-Career (STC) - Provides career exploration and planning opportunities for all students.
Soft Skills - desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude.
Special Populations Coordinator - A CTE staff member who assists CTE teachers with adapting the instruction and testing of their special populations students.
WBL, Work-based learning - An experience where the learning takes place in a work situation, away from the school. This includes job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships.
Worker's Permit - Most youth under the age of 18 years need a worker's permit in order to be employed.