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Career and Technical Education

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.

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.