Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is learning that works for Vermont. CTE is helping our state and our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. CTE is developing Vermont's most valuable resource—its people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers—and keep Vermont working—in every sense of the word. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and their chosen career. CTE is leading change, transforming expectations and making the difference for students, for high schools and colleges, for business and industry, for Vermont.

Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a series of actions states are taking to close the skills gap and make sure more students graduate from high school prepared for successful careers. The recommended actions in the Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students report, produced by CCSSO's Career Readiness Task Force, seek to elevate career readiness programs in K-12 public schools.

Career & Technical Education in Vermont

The CTE team works with secondary schools and regional career centers to develop rigorous and relevant programs that help learners identify and pursue their career and life goals. Secondary, postsecondary and adult technical education courses are provided through career centers, comprehensive high schools and colleges. The state is required by 16 V.S.A. § 1531 to oversee career and technical education, to ensure that academic education is included in programs of study, to make it accessible to adult and high school students and to coordinate activities and programs with workforce development efforts. The agency meets these responsibilities and supports continuous improvement in technical education by:

Entitlement to Career & Technical Education

In Vermont, a person is entitled to enroll in and complete a technical education program if the following criteria are met:

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Page Last Updated on April 22, 2015