What is CTE (Career & Technical Education)?

Career and technical education gives you the chance to study fields ranging from agriculture and computer art, foods, interior design, to health and human services, to computer programming and computer science, to engineering and business. The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. 


What are the benefits of CTE?

Real options for students for college and rewarding careers

  • CTE programs allow students to explore a range of options for their future - inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Through CTE, students can start their path toward a career that they are passionate about, while earning valuable experience, college credits and more.
  • CTE students are more likely to have a post-high school plan - including college - than other students; just 2% of CTE students say they "don't know" what they will do after high school.

Real-world skills for students

  • CTE is a unique opportunity for hands on learning - putting students at the center of the action.
  • CTE provides the skills and confidence students need to pursue career options, discover their passions and get on a path to success.
  • Students in CTE programs and their parents are three times as likely to report they are "very satisfied" with their and their children's ability to learn real-world skills as part of their current education compared to parents and students not involved in CTE.


Who can take CTE classes?

You can take CTE classes in grades 9 - 12. Talk with your high school counselor or any CTE teacher to learn about your options.