What is CTE?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. In CTE programs, students will learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life. As a CTE student, they 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 will offer students the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which they can use to get a job that will help pay for college, or start off a career straight out of high school!
For most CTE programs, in addition to taking all the required CPS core courses, you will take 3 CTE courses.
Sophomore year: Your first course in your program will be in your sophomore year. In this year you will get a basic understanding of the field you have chosen and lay a solid foundation for the more advanced courses you will take.
Junior year: In your junior year, you will take the training level course in your program. In this course you will gain more advanced technical skills used in the field. You may participate in competitions, earn industry recognized certifications, and attend a job shadow.
Senior year: The last class you will take in your program is in your senior year. This class is meant to be an advanced training course that will build on all the knowledge and skills you have gained in the previous two years. During this course you will earn certifications, participate in scholarship competitions, and hold an internship.
Every student will pick a pathway in the 2nd semester of their freshman year and will choose between Two STEM Pathways.
Taking part in the Allied Health pathway provides students with a strong foundation in the field of healthcare and opportunities to explore careers and training in basic health care areas such as Physical Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy, or Nurse Assisting.
Pathways in Information Technology prepare students for occupations in the fields of computer programming, software applications development, web design, and computer repair/installation. Students have the opportunity to design, develop, and manage different types of software programs and hardware. Learn the essentials of game design and development.