Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare individuals for a wide range of careers that reflect the contemporary workplace. They incorporate rigorous academic and technical standards that equip students with skills necessary for successful transition to postsecondary education or work while promoting life-long learning in a global society. CTE programs support skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership. Direct ties to community, education, and the workforce are essential to every CTE program and allow learning to take place in multiple settings that result in students earning a local, state, or industry credential.
Career and Technical Education is delivered through the Career Pathways model. These nationally adopted Career Clusters provide a context for learning the skills specific to a career and provide a structure for organizing curriculum offerings and focusing coursework on a common theme. Career development is also interwoven within CTE to assist students in determining and achieving their personal and career goals.
Nationally, on a state level, and locally in MMSD, graduates who concentrate (three or more classes) in CTE tend to graduate at a higher rate. In MMSD, that number is staggering...at 99.6% of students graduating.
CTE courses and programs provide students with choices and opportunities not otherwise available--including those that come with increased academic performance. Though CTE courses and programs are career focused, it doesn't mean that students' options after high school are limited to one career area. Instead, students who choose to enroll in CTE coursework actually increase their post high school options because they have learned to apply their core academic knowledge and skills through multiple experiences within their career interests, and can transfer those skills to new experiences.
Career and Technical Education in Madison is delivered through four specific content area:
- Business, Marketing, and Information Technology (and Computer Science)
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Health Science
- Technology and Engineering
CTE, along with other content areas, provide students with opportunities to earn dual credit (courses with earn both secondary and post-secondary credit simultaneously) through the following programs:
- Articulation/Dual Credit Coursework
- Gateway to College Program
- Middle College Program
- Industry Certifications
- Course Options
- Youth Options
Check out the links on the left for more information regarding MMSD programming and options.