CTE = Success


What is Career & Technical Education?


  • Encompasses 94 percent of high school student and 12 million postsecondary students
  • Includes high school, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and 79+pathways
  • Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
  • Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas
  • Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills



CTE Closes the Skills Gap and Addresses the Needs of High-Growth Industries


  • The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the US, with 645,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 253,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
  • Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 8 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
  • Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 46.8 million job openings created by 2018, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree.


-Association for Career & Technical Education,
  • For program information, contact:
    Pam Smith, Career Development Coordinator
    Office in Student Services
    (336) 438-4000, ext. 38845 
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