• Career & Technical Education (CTE) Overview



    CTE prepares all students for high skill, high wage or in-demand careers. The experience begins with career inspiration in Pre-K, awareness in elementary school, exploration in middle school, and preparation in high school. CTE equips students for post-secondary education and immediate employment opportunities to successfully compete worldwide.

    Source: gcsnc.com/Domain/2407



    Guilford County Schools CTE programming will empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. In Guilford County Schools, we build our CTE programming to prepare students for success by assisting students in the acquisition of:

    • Soft skills

    • Technical skills

    • Academic skills through application


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    High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

    • Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.

    • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent.

    • 91 percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.

    Source: ACTEonline.org

    NC Top Growth Sectors:

    • NC ranks 2nd in the nation in Information Technologies. IT has grown 26% since 2010.

    • Software and Telecommunications sector have grown 38% during past five years.

    • NC Automotive grew 25% during past 5 years

    • NC ranks #2 for STEM program completion in U.S.

    • NC is a leading state for STEM job growth.

    • NC’s Biotech cluster has grown 31% since 2001.

    • Raleigh ranks No. 2 & Durham ranks No. 3 as Most Educated Cities in America.

    • NC is 7th best state for Aerospace Manufacturing

    • CTE and skilled-trades are needed which accounts for 65% of all careers