What is CTE

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is not just another name for vocational education. While CTE stands upon the rich history of vocational education, it has adapted and evolved into a program to meet the dynamic needs of a global economy.  CTE today requires a new level of excellence and prepares students (secondary, postsecondary and adult) for a wide range of careers, the majority of which require a postsecondary credential. CTE programs incorporate rigorous academic and technical standards as well as critical workplace skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork.

CTE in the 21st Century is guided by five principles:

  1. CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness.
  2. CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs.
  3. CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers.
  4. CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters framework.
  5. CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.

For more information go to careertech.org.

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