Who is career and technical education for?

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CTE programs can benefit students with a wide variety of backgrounds and career aspirations.

Career and technical education (CTE) programs offer you specialized training and technical skills that can lead to certificates or employment opportunities. These programs can lead to anything from a certificate to a four-year degree and prepare students for careers in 16 industries, including:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

There’s a lot of opportunity when it comes to CTE programs – they vary in cost, by degree type, and by state – but the insights below will help get you started as you consider what might be right for you.

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