New Hanover County Schools




CTE Central


The mission of Career-Technical Education is to empower students with skills and knowledge needed for effective participation in a global economy as world-class workers, productive citizens and contributors to Society. Students develop the ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively to solve problems, and utilize technology in the problem solving process. CTE concentrators are career and college ready with 21st century skills. The Career and Technical Education Curriculum promotes best practices, integration of language arts, math and technology.

New Hanover County's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program aims to prepare students for employment opportunities, advanced education and productive lives. CTE promotes best practices that enhance teachers' efforts to improve student achievement and encourage responsible career choices. We want to meet students' needs, cultivate their abilities and help them realize their aspirations. 

Middle school students are offered exploratory courses in business and information technologies, life skills, technology systems and career decisions.

In high schools, introductory courses are available at grades 9 and 10, with advanced and specialized instruction in 11 and 12. We have agriculture, business and information technology, career development, health occupations, family and consumer sciences, marketing, technology, and trade and industry. Each high school has a Career Development Facilitator to support students and find internships and job-shadowing opportunities and  provide support services for qualifying students. Dual enrollment  opportunities are available at Cape Fear Community College.