Students in CTE programs apply the information they learn in core school subjects like math, science, and writing to real-life work situations to become career- and college-ready.
There are a variety of citywide and school-based pathways that help students gain hands-on experience and work toward fulfilling CPS' Learn.Plan.Succeed. graduation requirements.
Many CTE programs also offer the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications that can be used to gain full-time employment or jobs to help pay for college. To earn a certificate, students must demonstrate competency in a skill or a set of skills and pass an examination or have a certain amount and type of work experience or training.
8th grade students can apply for CTE/career-focused programs when they apply to high school through GoCPS. Freshmen and 10th graders can learn more about applying from their school counselors.
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Architecture and Construction
Programs in Architecture and Construction cover the lifecycle and roles of workers on a construction project – from idea to design to production.
Pathways in Business introduce students to financial planning, banking, insurance, international finance, entrepreneurship principles, marketing, and accounting.
Culinary and Hospitality
Culinary and Hospitality pathways introduce students to the skills needed to manage a hotel, prepare a restaurant menu, and provide excellent customer service.
Education and Training
The Education and Training pathway helps to prepare students for college and a degree in education.
The Health Sciences pathway will expose students to the myriad of careers in healthcare and a future that is dedicated to helping others.
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Law and Public Safety
In Law and Public Safety pathways, students are introduced to careers in law and criminal justice.
Manufacturing and Pre-Engineering
Pathways in Manufacturing and Pre-Engineering prepare students for college and a variety of entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Media and Communication Arts
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Personal Care Services
The Personal Care Services pathway prepares students for careers in the professional hair and beauty industry.
Students in the Transportation pathway explore careers that support equipment and transportation systems, keeping everything in motion in the air and on land.