Career and Technical Education (CTE) is about
helping students of all ages fulfill their working
potential. First and foremost it's about high school
and college education that provides students with:
- Academic subject matter taught with
relevance to the real world; often called contextual
- Employability skills ranging from
job-related skills to workplace ethics.
- Education pathways that help students
explore interests and careers in the process of
progressing through school.
Beyond High School - CTE is about:
- Second-chance education and training
for the unemployed and those seeking to upgrade their
- Education to earn additional degrees,
especially when related to career advancement.
- Corporate training, continuing
education, skills upgrades and refresher courses for
those already in the workplace.
The subject areas most commonly
associated with CTE are:
- Agriculture (careers related to Agricultural
Sciences, food, fiber, and natural resource industries);
- Business (accounting, business
administration, management, information technology and
- Family and Consumer Sciences (child
development and parenting, consumerism, culinary arts,
fashion and interior design, and life management
- Health Sciences (nursing, dental, and
medical technicians, pharmaceutical technicians, medical
- Marketing (management, entrepreneurship,
merchandising and retail); and
- Trade and Industrial (automotive technicians,
building construction trades, computer numerical control
technician, computer-aided drafting, computer repair).
According to U.S. Department of
Education, most high school students take at least one CTE
course, and one in four students take three or more courses
in a single program area. One-third of college
students are involved in CTE programs, and as many as 40
million adults engage in short-term postsecondary
occupational training. In Nevada last year, more than
58,000 high school and 30,000 college students were enrolled
in one or more Career and Technical Education courses.