Programs Areas

CTE Program Areas


Competency-based courses are offered in eight program areas, with each area having school-based, work-based, or community-based learning opportunities.

  1. Agricultural Education provides students with the opportunity to participate in an integrated educational model that focuses students on careers in the food, fiber and environmental systems.
  2. Business and Information Technology Education plays a major role in preparing a competent, business-literate, and skilled workforce. This program is designed to integrate business and information technology skills into the middle and high school curriculum.
  3. Career Development Education is a process that involves students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. The goal is to help students make good decisions about themselves and their future.
  4. Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for careers working with individuals and families, as well as for competence in the work of their own families. The concept of work, whether in a family or career, is central to the program area.
  5. Health Science Education program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.
  6. Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education prepares students for advancement in marketing and management careers and future studies in community and technical colleges or four-year colleges or universities. It encompasses activities within production, as well as aspects of consumption.
  7. Technology Engineering and Design Education helps students develop an appreciation and fundamental understanding of technology through the study and application of materials. tools, processes, inventions, structures and artifacts of the past and present.
  8. Trade and Industrial Education is a secondary program that provides students the opportunity to advance in a wide range of trade and industrial occupations. They are prepared for initial employment, further education at the community college or university lever, and/or business ownership.

Middle Grades Education is designed to be exploratory in nature and assist the students in making wise decisions about choices related to themselves and to the world of work.

Combined with other academic offerings, career-technical education assists all enrollees with career goals and high school graduation requirements. Students are to have a career development plan outlining courses to be taken to meet a tentative career objective and obtain a high school diploma.

Common Program Goals

  1. Identify, organize, plan, and allocate resources - time, money, materials and facilities, and human resources.
  2. Work with others by participating as a team member, serving clients/customers, negotiating, and working with diversity.
  3. Acquire and use information.
  4. Work with and operate effectively within social organizations and technological systems.
  5. Work with a variety of technologies.
  6. Contribute to the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and mathematical skills.
  7. Contribute to the development of thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, and reasoning.

* These goals are based on the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Report.

What is articulation?

Articulation is a systematic, seamless student transition process from secondary to post secondary education that maximizes use of resources and minimizes content duplication. Articulation allows students to gain college credit for identified high school courses.

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