Secondary Career and Technical Education

  • Philosophy

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare youth for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Through CTE courses, work-based learning, career and technical student organizations and dual/concurrent enrollment, students gain technical, academic and employability skills that are essential for college and career success. CTE prepares students to compete globally by introducing them to workplace competencies. CTE also makes academic/general education content accessible to students by providing curriculum in a hands-on context.

  • Guidelines

    Instructional Design

    • CTE courses, career academies and pathways prepare students for employment or advanced training.
    • Instructional opportunities exist for exploring career fields, business and industry concepts, and developing skills within a field of study in high-wage, high-demand and non-traditional careers.
    • Students apply the theory and concepts they have learned in other classes to real-world problems and projects.
    • Students understanding technical readings and instructional manuals, and are writing to the requirement of industry.
    • Students are designing and conducting research based on class topics, and preparing and presenting the findings.
    • Students follow standard industry safety practices and procedures to protect themselves and others. 

    Daily Instruction
    CTE teachers:

    • collaborate with members of business/industry to deliver current industry-required content
    • incorporate current business and industry, national or Minnesota State Standards and strategies into instruction
    • integrate skills in reading, writing, communication, technology and math, and provide career-related preparation
    • enhance rigor through applied learning strategies to teach higher-level thinking skills
    • use business and industry standard equipment and materials adhering to safety standards
    • provide diverse representation of business and industry speakers
    • offer field trips to business/industry to observe a variety of careers
    • provide business and industry opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, and summer programs
    • provide opportunities to earn college credit for courses successfully completed during high school (e.g., dual/concurrent credit or articulated credit) or industry credentials or certificates.

  • Assessment

    • Uses industry-standard certifications
    • Leads to post-secondary certifications