Career and Technical Education 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a viable and exciting pathway to college and careers. 


Made up of approximately 40 different programs of study, CTE is offered as a series of classes focused on high-demand industries. Courses incorporate rigorous classroom instruction, hands-on training, real work experience and extra student supports into a college-preparatory curriculum to prepare students for postsecondary success.


CTE is beneficial for all high school students because it not only provides a wide range of technical skills and chances to receive industry recognized certifications, but it also equips them with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and engages students in the curriculum through relevant applications of core subjects. Apply now.



CTE programs


CTE programs introduce students to a variety of careers, along with the requirements for entry (i.e., high school diploma, professional certification, college degree or more).  College options are also presented, and in some cases, CTE coursework can be translated into college credit.


College and career exploration through internships, job shadows, college & career fairs, conferences and competitions is also part of the CTE approach.


CTE offers programs in 11 different industry areas:


  • Agriculture
  • Broadcast Technology and Digital Media
  • Business and Finance
  • Construction & Architecture
  • Culinary & Hospitality
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation


College and Career Academies

CTE-College and Career Academies (CCAs) feature a unique approach to prepare students for college and career success. While in high school, in addition to taking all CPS college prep core courses, such as math, science, and English, CCA students experience hands-on training in their chosen industry. Students enrolled in CCAs may have the opportunity to earn college credit, attain industry-focused certifications and participate in job shadows and internships.



Visit the website for the Office of Access and Enrollment for more information.



For more information on CTE, visit  or call (773) 553-2108.



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Page Last Modified on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Contact information

College and Career Preparation
125 South Clark Street
12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-2108
Fax: (773) 553-3905