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 you will learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life. As a CTE student you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real world experience through job shadows and internships. Many programs offer you the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which you can use to get a job, that will help you pay for college, or start off your career straight out of high school!
How Many Classes Do I Have to Take?
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.
What Career Fields Can I Study?
Career -Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) develop citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for students who are preparing for the workforce and further education. They enhance students' civic awareness and provide opportunities for developing social competencies and a wholesome attitude about living and working. CTSOs provide a unique instructional method for attaining the competency goals and objectives identified in each course. Their activities are considered a part of the instructional day when they are directly related to the competencies and objectives in course blueprints.
|DECA is a state and national organization available to all students who are currently enrolled in Marketing Education courses. DECA aims to prepare members for future careers in general marketing and business.
DECA National website CTSO Conference Matrix - DECA
|FFA: The Organization for Agricultural Education Students - is a national organization that serves students enrolled in agricultural education courses.
North Carolina FFA CTSO Conference Matrix - FFA
|FBLA - Future Business Leader's of America mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
North Carolina FBLA CTSO Conference Matrix - FBLA
|FCCLA- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a national organization for Family and Consumer Sciences students.
FCCLA National website
FCCLA State website CTSO Conference Matrix - FCCLA
HOSA - is a state and national organization whose mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all Health Occupations Education students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care industry.
HOSA National website
|SillsUSA - is a state and national organization that serves trade, industrial, and technical students in secondary and post secondary public schools. Members are part of a national group of skilled youth on the move – working toward future career goals.
Skills USA National website
Skills USA State website CTSO Conference Matrix - SkillsUSA
|TSA - Technology Student Association mission is to prepare its membership for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunity.
TSA National website
TSA State website CTSO Conference Matrix - TSA
Job Shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student. Students witness firsthand the work environment, employability and occupational skills in practice, the value of professional training and potential career options. Job shadowing is designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through examples and reinforce in the student the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Almost any workplace is a potential job shadowing site. non-paid short-term exploration and observations in the workplace.
Internship are a unique aspect of education that integrates study with planned and supervised career- related work experience. Students are involved as non-paid “authentic employees” receiving academic credit for work experiences. The purpose of the program is to develop and strengthen the student’s educational and career preparation. An internship will expose the student to the interpersonal relationships a job requires, both with co-workers and supervisors that are essential in obtaining a successful, satisfying career. Internships enable employers to assist the high school in preparing students to work in today’s business environment.
Career and College Promise- A student can enroll and attend two educational institutions at the same time provided that certain criteria are met. For example: In New Hanover County, high school juniors and seniors can concurrently enroll in high school and in college provided he/she meets established criteria.
Cooperative Education - An educational program consisting of in-school instruction alternating with on-the-job work experience in a business or industrial establishment. The school selects as a training agency a firm that will provide occupational experiences needed by the student and then coordinates the students’ experiences. Cooperative Education is a paid work experience.