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What is CTE?

  • Encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 12 million postsecondary students nationally
  • Includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges and four-year universities
  • Educates students for a wide range of career options through 16 career clusters and 79 pathways
  • Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees
  • Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-demand areas
  • Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical skills

CTE Objectives

Students have the opportunity to acquire skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education.  These skills should be transferable as well as job-specific, and basic to their general education, providing them with the foundation for life-long learning.

The primary objectives for career and technical education programs are:

  • To give students the specific skills needed for job-entry positions now and broad transferable skills, allowing students further employment/education flexibility;
  • To acquire an awareness of the structure and future trends within high skill, high wage industries to increase students' options for occupational choice in the pursuit of a career as well as providing a cognitive base for post-secondary education;

  • To provide both school and work-based learning experiences;

  • To bridge the gap between education and the world of work.

Definition of CTE Programs

Career and Technical Education occupational programs include Agriscience and Natural Resources, Allied Health Technologies, Business Services & Technology, Child & Adult Care Services, Cosmetology, Hospitality & Food Services, Life Management Education/Family & Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education, and Trade & Industry.

To be approved and eligible for funding by the State of Michigan, a career and technical education program must be a wage-earning occupational preparation program identified by a CIP code number and descriptor.  Career and technical education programs should include laboratory simulations and work-based instruction.  Instruction is competency-based with either state or national curriculum or, when it does not exist, locally developed curriculum.  Learning should be designed based on the students' Educational Development Plan.

To be approved and eligible for funding by the State of Michigan, a Family & Consumer Science  program must prepare students for the roles of family members and workers, and must reflect Michigan standards and benchmarks.