CTE Vision Statement

Career &Technical Education courses and programs offer opportunities to pursue CTE educational and career goals resulting in skill awards, certificates, degrees and transfer preparation, to upgrade skill sets for specific occupations, and to address the workforce training needs of business and industry.

Frequently Asked Questions about CTE:  

What is career and technical education?

Career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers. These careers may require varying levels of education—from high school and post-secondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees.

What subject areas are covered by career and technical education?

Career and technical education covers a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy. Some of the career areas that students may enter through career and technical education include: Agriculture (farmers, animal scientists, turf grass specialists); Trade and Industrial (automotive technicians, carpenters, electricians); Business and Marketing (entrepreneurs, financial officers, arts/graphics designers); Family and Consumer Sciences (management and life skills, executive chefs, hotel managers); Health Occupations (nurses, physical therapists, biomedical engineers); Public Safety and Security (EMTs, emergency management and response coordinators); and Technology (3D animator, computer engineer, bio-technical engineer).

Is there any proof career and technical education works?

Yes, according to many studies. Career and technical education graduates are 10-15 percent more likely to be in the labor force, and earn 8-9 percent more than graduates of academic programs, according to a 2001 Russell Sage Foundation study. A ratio of one CTE class for every two academic classes was shown to minimize the risk of students dropping out in a 2005 National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) report. Career and technical education concentrators take more and higher level math than their general education counterparts, according to a 2002 NCCTE study. ACTE has more evidence that career and technical education works on the CTE Information and Research Web page.