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What is Career and Technical Education?

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, career-oriented exposure, and the knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. Students may also gain work experience through internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities. Students in CTE programs may opt to enter the workforce upon graduating from high school or they may matriculate to a college or university.

Career and Technical Education’s Vision

To empower students to confidently and successfully transition into postsecondary and career opportunities in order to become positive, productive, and contributing members of their community and the global workforce. 

Career and Technical Education’s Mission

CTE provides high-quality instructional programs that will prepare students for college and careers by offering experiential learning, post-secondary credits and industry certifications.  Students will gain technical and high-level academic skills, equipping them to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society.

Career and Technical Education’s Values

  • Integrity (Personally and Professionally)
  • Relationships (People and Processes)
  • Continuous Improvement (Individual's, Department, Service, and Relationships)
  • Fairness (Equity and Consistency)
  • Personal Responsibility

What makes the PGCPS Career and Technical Education Programs unique?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers.  CTE programs of study help students gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experiences they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage careers.

What makes the PGCPS Career and Technical Education Programs unique?

In CTE programs, students will learn how core school subjects like math, science, and writing are used in real-life.  CTE students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in their chosen program and gain real-world experience through job shadows and internships. Many programs offer students the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which they can use to get a job, help pay for college, or start a career straight out of high school. The benefits of CTE programs of study are the following: dual enrollment, transcripted, and articulated college credits, advanced placement courses, certifications, and industry-recognized credentials, work-based learning and internship opportunities, student organizations and clubs that allow students to test their skills against peers and provide leadership development, and scholarships.

Find out more here: CTE Career Guide