Career and Technical Education(CTE) encompasses a variety of subject areas designed to prepare students forlife-long careers. Such courses wereformerly referred to as occupational education. Current State Education Department documents and regulations, as well as
Commissioner's Regulations [C.R.R.100.1(1)L], defines CTE as a kindergarten through adult area of study thatincludes rigorous academic content closely aligned with career andtechnical subjects. The Career Development and OccupationalStudies (CDOS) Learning Standards serve as the framework. In grades nine through twelve, CTE includesthe specific disciplines of agriculture education, business and marketingeducation, family and consumer sciences education, health occupationseducation, technical education, technology education, and trade/industrialeducation.
The purpose of CTE is to providelearning experiences where students become aware of a broad spectrum of careersand develop skills that are applicable to personal and career roles and arenecessary for employment in specific career areas or postsecondary study. Successful programs will prepare students forlife as productive members of society.
Elements of a successful CTE program include: