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Career & Technical Education

Frequently Asked Questions about Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  1. What is Career and Technical Education?
  2. What subject areas are considered to be Career and Technical Education programs?
  3. Where is Career and Technical Education offered?
  4. Do Career and Technical Education credits transfer?
  5. Is Career and Technical Education for high school students who are not college bound?
  6. Why should I consider Career and Technical Education?

 

What is Career and Technical Education?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and technical skills needed to compete successfully in our global economy and local job markets. CTE provides students with:

What subject areas are considered to be Career and Technical Education programs?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) applies to a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas which are constantly evolving with the changing global economy. Examples of CTE Programs offered at Aims Community College can be found on our program page.

Where is Career and Technical Education offered?

Middle schools, high schools, community colleges, technical colleges and four-year institutions all offer Career and Technical Education programs.

Do Career and Technical Education credits transfer?

Often CTE classes will transfer to a like program in a similar institution. We strongly recommend that if students intend to transfer, they consult with the transfer institution prior to taking classes to determine which courses will transfer.. Some CTE programs have state-wide articulations in place which allow students to transfer classes within the state to participating two- and four-year intuitions. Please follow this link for a complete list of Colorado Statewide Articulation Agreements.

Is Career and Technical Education for high school students who are not college bound?

No! Nearly two-thirds of all high school graduates of CTE programs enter some form of postsecondary program. Rigorous academic content tied to technical subject matter ensures that these students will be ready for college. CTE bridges high school and community college curriculum to help students smoothly transition from high school to postsecondary education and then on to professional careers. We refer to this process as a guided pathway which is ensured through an established Plan of Study.

Why should I consider Career and Technical Education?

Career and Technical Education prepares students for high wage and high demand careers. In an ever-changing job market, CTE graduates enter the workforce having comprehensive skills and the ability to be innovative critical thinkers. CTE programs rely on industry input through Advisory Committees, thus, giving our programs access to current and competitive insight. This results in connecting local employers to local talent, who have been trained according to their input.