Region 16: Nashua, Milford, Hudson

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education is the smart way to graduate with more than just a high school diploma. CTE takes learning beyond the classroom, teaching you the theory then bringing you out to the lab, workshop or worksite to apply that knowledge to real-world applications. This hands-on approach to learning gives you the opportunity to earn industry credentials and college credits while you explore your interest, talents and ambitions in a dynamic and interactive setting.

Today’s next-generation CTE programs integrate rigorous academic instruction into the teaching of technical and employability skills. These programs are designed to help you to jumpstart your college and career plans by teaching you how to take a more strategic approach to your high school education.

CTE Gives You a Competitive Edge

Today’s job market demands a better educated workforce than ever before, and jobs in this new economy require more complex knowledge and skills than jobs of the past. So if you want to be prepared for success after high school, you’re going to have to find a way to gain a competitive edge.

CTE connects you to that competitive edge by both providing you with career and academic skills, and preparing you with the soft skills necessary for success in the modern workplace, such as critical thinking and problem solving skills, the ability to communicate and work as part of a team, and the capacity to innovate and think creatively.

CTE prepares you for career AND college success 

  • In CTE programs you learn how core academic subjects like math, science and writing are used in real life 
  • As a CTE student you have opportunities to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real-world experience through job shadows and internships
  • In CTE programs you can obtain nationally recognized certifications and credentials, which you can use to get a job that will help you pay for college, or start your career straight out of high school
  • In CTE programs you can earn college credits at little or no cost through Early College and Running Start programs

CTE students are enrolled in both their home high school and at the technical education center, and must meet all of their high school’s requirements for graduation.