The wide variety of programs offered in Vermont's career technical centers and comprehensive high schools must receive final approval from the Commissioner of Education.
All approved programs approved fall under one of the following three categories:
Technical Education Programs
Technical education programs provide at least an average of 120 minutes per day or 600 minutes per week of training in academic, workplace and occupational skills.
Pre-Tech Exploratory Programs
Pre-tech exploratory programs offer students applied academics in nontraditional career exploration, pre-technical education and decision making. Programs are offered for grades 9 or 10 and given for 2 or 4 hours per day.
Pre-Tech Foundational Programs
Pre-tech foundational programs are part of a three or four year sequence and meet an average of 200 minutes per week for students in grades 9 or 10. These programs familiarize students with occupations in a career cluster area and instruct students in foundational core academic and occupational skills.
View Vermont State Board of Education rules and regulations (Section 2380, pages 17-19) governing the program approval process.