Frequently Asked Questions
What is CTE?
Career and Technical Education is designed to take learning beyond the classroom, teaching students the theory, then bringing them out to the lab, workshop or worksite to apply that knowledge to real-world applications. This blend of rigorous academics and applied learning provides students the opportunity to explore their interests, talents and ambitions in a dynamic and interactive setting. CTE’s career-focused education allows students to jumpstart their college and career plans by taking a more targeted and strategic approach to their high school education. CTE students are enrolled in both their home high school and at the CTE center, and must meet all of their high school’s requirements for graduation.
Why consider Career and Technical Education?
CTE is designed to teach students to become agile, lifelong learners, self-driven to continuously improve their skills, knowledge and professional traits. CTE students attain a level of college and career readiness that prepares them to successfully navigate the demanding and rapidly evolving 21st century economy. Today’s next-generation CTE Career Pathway education is a huge advantage to high school students who face some big life decisions come senior year – 80% of CTE students say CTE classes helped them “know where they’re headed,” and more than 78 % of CTE students go on to college after graduation.
What is a CTE program?
A CTE program is a multi-semester (3-4) instructional program delivered by a CTE center that provides specific, career education in one of a number of Career Pathways aligned with current and future employment needs. Program competencies are developed through a collaboration between various stakeholders, including educators and industry partners, and reflect what a student should know to be prepared for the full range of opportunities within that career field. CTE programs can provide students with a chance to earn college credits and industry training hours and credentials, as well as the opportunity to participate in meaningful work-based learning experiences, such as internships and externships.
Who can apply?
CTE programs are open to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students, who sign up or apply in the spring semester of the previous school year. Home schooled and public charter school students also are eligible to participate for free in CTE. Interested students should see their school or career counselor for more specific details, or contact their local CTE center directly.
How do students apply?
Most CTE centers start their recruitment and registration for the following school year in February, and students interested in CTE programs or classes should speak to their school or career counselor to sign up or apply. Some programs fill up quickly and have waiting lists, so it’s best to start the process early. If a desired CTE program is full or not offered at your local CTE center, students are able to apply to programs in other Region 16 CTE centers. Your school or career counselor can guide you through this process.
How much does it cost?
Students attend CTE programs tuition free. There is no cost for your classes or transportation, however, some programs suggest you purchase personal equipment; in addition, students completing dual or concurrent enrollment classes can earn college credits at free or reduced cost through Early College and Running Start programs.
How do I get more information about CTE programs in my district?
Interested students should talk to their school or career counselor, or contact their local CTE center director to find out what options are available locally. You also can learn more about your local CTE center online at Alvirne High School in Hudson, Milford High School, and Nashua High Schools North and South.