Mrs. Marsha Talley, Supervisor



    Mrs. Pat Green,  6-12 Curriculum Assistant
     What is CTE?

    Career and technical education has risen on the educational radar in the
    past decade, transforming itself from a college alternative into a new kind
    of college pathway.

    What is the definition of career and technical education?
    Career and technical education–commonly known as career-tech ed or
    CTE–describes classes that are designed to prepare students for work.
    How is career and technical education different from vocational
    In some ways, it’s not that different. In many high schools, you can still
    find the same voc-ed classes that existed half a century ago. They
    prepare students for jobs that don’t typically require college degrees, such
    as child care, welding, cosmetology, or plumbing.

    But in important ways, CTE is very different than your grandfather’s voc
    ed. Many programs now focus on areas typically associated with
    associate or bachelor’s degrees, such as engineering or business.
    Because career-tech-ed classes of all kinds are increasingly seen as
    roads to additional study after high school, they are meant to be more
    academically rigorous than those of a previous generation.
    Why is CTE becoming more focused on postsecondary degrees? I
    thought the whole point of CTE was to let students choose to skip
    college and go right to work.
    Two big forces were central in bringing about that shift: New labor-market
    realities and a troubling past. Let’s take the second one first. Important
    changes in the labor market support the need for college, too. A
    shifting—and increasingly automated—economy offers few jobs for those
    without some kind of postsecondary training or degree.

    Recognizing these trends, career and technical education reshaped itself
    as a new kind of pathway: one that includes some form of postsecondary
    training. That could mean earning certification or credentials in good-
    paying fields like cybersecurity or robotics, or it could mean getting an
    associate or bachelor’s degree.

    CTE Programs of Study at Sequatchie County High School

    Advanced Manufacturing: Mechatronics and Welding

    Ag Science: Veterinary and Animal Science and Horticulture

    Health Science: Nursing Services

    Human Service: Human and Social Sciences and Dietetics and Nutrition

    Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Automotive Maintenance and
    Light Repair

    Architecture and Construction: Residential and Commercial Construction

    Business Management and Administration: Office Management