Mrs. Marsha Talley, Supervisormtalley@sequatchie.k12.tn.usWhat 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
Architecture and Construction: Residential and Commercial Construction
Business Management and Administration: Office Management