Program Areas
NC Career and Technical Education Course Management System


Program Areas

Career and Technical Education gives students opportunities to figure out what they are passionate about and want to do - and not do - after high school. Students explore a range of career options based on what they love to do and do well. CTE helps build confidence and leadership skills to meet their goals in and out of the classroom. Courses in Career and Technical Education are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology.

  • Agricultural Education provides students with the opportunity to participate in an integrated educational model that focuses students on careers in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

    Business, Finance & Marketing Education
     provides instruction that encompasses business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics, and an understanding of making socioeconomic decisions and producing goods and services. Students can learn how to compete in a global marketplace as well as make intelligent consumer and business-related choices.
  • Career Development Education is a process that involves students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. The curriculum is designed to help students make connections between their interests, attitudes, values, personality, learning styles, skills, and career choices to help them make good decisions about themselves and their future.

    Computer Science and Information Technology Education focuses on careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Students will gain a better understanding of the role and impact computer science plays in the world today.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education provides students with knowledge and skills to deal with issues such as work-and-family, health care, child and elder care, family and community violence and crime, global economics and politics, and technology usage. The concept of work, whether in a family or career, is central to the program area.

  • Health Science Education program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.

  • Trade, Technology, Engineering, and Industrial Education provides students with skills and conceptual knowledge needed for careers in industry, engineering, and design. Students have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to pursue higher professional degrees as well as earn industry certifications for careers immediately after graduation.
  • Project Lead the Way (Engineering) students are exposed to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peer and members of the professional community. Art, English, language arts, mathematics and science are reinforced.

Middle Grades Education is designed to be exploratory in nature and assist the students in making wise decisions about choices related to themselves and to the world of work.

Combined with other academic offerings, career-technical education assists all enrollees with career goals and high school graduation requirements. Students are to have a career development plan outlining courses to be taken to meet tentative career objectives and obtain a high school diploma.

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