“Career and technical education (CTE) can no longer be thought of as the alternative pathway for students who don’t fit the traditional academic mold. It [is] a pathway for all students to explore their interests, develop their passions, and find their place in the world of work.”

   Arne Duncan, the former United States Secretary of Education

A CTE program, or Career and Technical Education program, is an educational approach that provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and hands-on training necessary to succeed in specific careers and industries. These programs are designed to prepare students for the workforce by offering a combination of classroom instruction and real-world experiences.

Some key features of CTE programs include:

By participating in a CTE program, students can gain valuable skills and experiences that prepare them for high-demand, well-paying careers, and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and career advancement.

"Participating in the forestry CTE program has given me the opportunity to explore my passion for the outdoors and natural resource management. Through hands-on fieldwork and classroom instruction, I've gained invaluable knowledge about forest ecology, conservation, and sustainable practices. The program's strong connections with local forestry organizations have provided me with networking opportunities and even helped me secure a summer job in the industry. I am confident that the skills and experiences I've gained in this program will serve me well in my future career as a forestry professional."