Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Pennsylvania offers students the opportunity to develop critical skills through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, which allow them to apply academics to real-world problems.

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Considerations for Enrollment in a CTE Program

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Many students with disabilities enroll in CTE programs to develop job skills so that they can be employed and live independently. The Transition Team should consider if a CTE program is the right fit for the student by discussing:

  • Student’s strengths, interests, and preferences
  • Requirements/competencies of the program
  • Accommodations, aids, and services the student will need to fully participate in the program
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Industry-Recognized Credentials

Industry-recognized credentials measure competence in core content and performance standards in a specific set of work-related tasks. The work-related tasks and assessment must connect with workforce demands across career clusters.

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, A/V Technology & Communications; Business Management & Administration
  • Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology
  • Law & Public Safety; Manufacturing; Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
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Benefits To Student Participation in CTE

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Real World Experience

Through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, students apply academics to real-world problems.

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Experienced Instructors

Students are taught by experienced industry professionals in learning spaces using state of the art equipment.

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Post Secondary Credits

Students may be able to earn college credits and industry credentials before high school graduation.

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Job Experience

Students have access to skills to complete specific tasks related to the careers of their choice, as well as first hand experience in the field.

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Check out the PA Department of Education website for more information about CTE.

You can access more videos about CTE, brochures, and information about different career clusters.