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Frequently Asked Questions

•  Career Tech Frequently Asked Questions  (11 Questions)

1.  What is the purpose of Career & Technical Education (CTE)?

CTE provides students with technical training to prepare for a successful career. The structured training
each student receives gives him or her the tools needed to be successful in a career after high school
and/or further his or her post-secondary education, whether technical school, two-year college, or four-year
college. Each student is encouraged to explore various areas of study and to develop the essential skills to
feel competent in entering today’s competitive job market.


2.  What subject areas are covered by CTE?

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, AV Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

3.  What are CTE Career Pathways?

A Pathway is a sequence of courses within a student’s area of interest. A CTE Pathway connects students
from high school to college for a specific degree and/or career.


4.  Is CTE only for students who are not college bound?

No. Career and Technical Education is essential for all students, providing them with a foundation of academic
knowledge and essential technical skills. CTE courses and programs introduce students to career
options and assist them in making informed educational choices.


5.  How is CTE funded?

CTE funding is based on student enrollment. CTE funding is also supplemented with a federal appropriation
through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.


6.  Where is CTE offered?

Students in grades K-12 are exposed to various aspects of Career and Technical Education.


Students have the opportunity to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and
future career opportunities. Through the Core Curriculum, students see connections to the real
world; through career centers in libraries, guest speakers and field trips, students gain understanding
of the world of work and how learning today connects with careers of the future.

Middle School

Through the Career Clusters Technologies course every student is involved in activity-centered
lessons which utilize technology, develop skills and explore careers. Students are provided with the
direction, decision making, and planning needed in order to select their career path. An additional
course ordered at the middle school level provides students with rich experiences in business
technology applications.

High School

Students begin to acquire specific job training skills as they continue to take courses that meet their
interests and abilities. A rich ordering of courses leads students to employment, further education, or
training. Students have opportunities to take concurrent courses, which provide them with college
credit while in high school. The CTE Credential program provides certification of specific
occupational skills that students can take to potential employers or to postsecondary institutions.


7.  What other supports and opportunities are available to students?

Comprehensive Guidance Program

Assists students, through specific self-appraisal to effectively plan to meet educational goals.

Work-Based Learning Program / Live Work

Gives students opportunities to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and
future careers. Work requested from outside the classroom to be conducted by students that relates
to the knowledge and skills taught as part of a sequenced course of study.


8.  How does CTE prepare students for College & Careers?

  • Students participate in a CTE Pathway
  • Students complete appropriate academic and skill development courses
  • Students participate in concurrent enrollment courses that meet degree requirements
  • Students complete related industry skill assessments
  • Students earn industry certification

9.  What is a CTSO?

CTSO stands for Career Tech Student Organization. A CTSO is an organization that functions as an integral part of
the Career and Technical Education instructional program with a state and national affiliation that provides support
for skill attainment and leadership development. Some examples of CTSOs are: DECA, FBLA, HOSA, SkillsUSA and


10.  Is there any proof that CTE works?


  • Students who take two or more CTE courses are less likely to drop out of high school
  • High school CTE programs prepare students for the many high-wage, highly-skilled jobs requiring less than a bachelor’s degree
  • Students concentrating in a CTE Pathway continue to postsecondary education and training

11.  How can I learn more about CTE?

Talk to your school counselor and/or contact the CTE Department:

Montgomery Public Schools
Career and Technical Education Department
1153 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
P: 334.269.3613 F: 334.269.3616