Career and Technical Education (7-12)
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees.
CTE is at the forefront of preparing students to be “college- and career-ready.” It equips students with
- core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities;
- employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area as well as job-specific, technical skills that are related to a specific career pathway.
Within CTE, occupations and career specialities are grouped into Career Clusters®. Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities. Further specialization is achieved through comprehensive Programs of Study, which align academic and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Technology Education at the middle school supports many subject areas including science, mathematics, language arts, social studies. Through the Engineering Design Process (EDP), it allows students to develop and apply three basic skills: creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Appropriate activities help students to build these life-long skills. Students are encouraged to explore and create at their own pace, to work together in a cooperative environment, and to assess their work in a comfortable atmosphere.
Technology education promotes enthusiasm for further exploration through active participation on computers and use industry-related tools. This approach encourages better retention and understanding of technological applications.
High school CTE courses are organized into four areas: Business, Health Occupations, Technology Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences.
The Business Education Program has been designed to provide 21st century skills to those students planning to enter college or the job market directly after high school in a career in business, to build life skills and experiences, and to prepare them for further study in business after high school. Courses in business education provide a background for numerous positions, both within the business world and in other areas. Examples of business occupations include accountant, banker, financial planner, entrepreneur, administrative assistant.
The Health Occupations Program is designed to give students an accurate picture of the career and educational opportunities available in the health field and to guide students for post-secondary entry into the health field. Students have opportunities to work in the clinical setting to gain skills and knowledge required for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Medical ethics, health technology, and workplace and communication skills are an integral part of the program.
Courses in the Health Occupations Program provide a background for numerous positions within the health and human services fields as well as a starting point for post-secondary education in health and medical careers. Examples include Certified Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse, Medical Technician, Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapist and many more.
Technology Education teaches students to control and manage technology systems and apply various strategies related to technological problems. Learning activities focus on developing technological awareness; solving ‘real world’ technical, human, and environmental problems; the safe and efficient use of tools, materials and processes; and the history and impact of technological systems. A working knowledge of computer skills, technology and communication skills is necessary in many occupations today. Technology education provides a strong background for a wide range of careers, such as Architect, Engineer, Automotive Technician, Graphic Designer, Machinist, and Construction Manager.
Family and Consumer Science is a program that provides a basis for students to understand themselves and the complex social and economic components of the society in which they live. Through Family and Consumer Science courses, students study the physical, social and emotional growth of themselves and others, explore many career options in the human services field, and gain many lifelong skills in both health and nutrition. Courses in Family and Consumer Science can lead to many career options for students including occupations in food and hospitality, a wide range of education related fields, social services and health, and nutrition.