Career and Technical Education

  • Career and Technical Education is a clear path to your future... learn more about CTE pathways that could help you land job opportunities, go to a trade school, 2-year college or a 4-year university. 

    Career and Technical Education, also known as CTE, provides students with the academics, technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become life-long learners, with an emphasis on real-world, real-life skills.

    Helping All Students Become Career and College Ready

    Career and Technical Education - Washington promotes and supports locally based middle and high school programs that provide 21st century, academic and technical skills for all students. Whether you plan to go to work straight out of high school or eventually earn a PhD, whether you have a clear career goal or just want to learn something practical and new, you can benefit from CTE.

    Through CTE, students:

    • Explore careers in middle and high school, especially in high-demand, high-growth fields such as healthcare and environmental sciences
    • Identify a career goal
    • Take classes in high schools, at skills centers and at community and technical colleges that apply math, science and other academic subjects in real-life, hands-on ways
    • Earn tuition-free college credits as well as high school credits required for graduation
    • Become leaders by participating in skills competitions and community service