• CTE is split into 17 different career clusters that apply to different high-demand careers. First, CTE is focused on developing both professional and technical skills so students are better prepared to enter industry. Second, CTE incorporates learning from core curriculum into real world applications. This allows more hands-on opportunities for students to learn and practice skills. The programs are advised by business and industry to ensure the curriculum is REAL and RELEVANT for future employability. Many students have the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications through their CTE classes that they can add to their resume and increase their employability. Explore what Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 can offer your student so they are better prepared for the world of work!Colorado Career Cluster Model


  • Career and Technical Education Programs of Study

    Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 is committed to providing students for Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness with industry standard skills.  Currently FFC8 has Career and Technical Education Programs at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Welte Education Center, Conrad Early Learning Center, and two off-site locations.

    What is CTE?


  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 offer many opportunities for students to participate in a variety of CTE Programs of Study. In addition, each CTE program offers an opportunity for students to participate in a career and technical student organization (CTSO). This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and compete, using the skills they learn in their classes, at a state and national level. 


    Check out our CTE programs  

  • Work-Based Learning Works!

    Did you know that 94% of students who participate in an internship graduate from high school? Experiences like internships and job shadows give students better perspective on the value of academics and its application to the ‘real world’. These connections allow students to develop insight about what they like and do not like within the careers they are exploring. This is GREAT information. This helps our youth develop preferences and perspective on what they want to do when they grow up.

    In addition, our schools have adopted YouScience as a tool to help students align their natural skills (aptitudes) with their interests to identify careers that match them. They are then encouraged to go to the PPBEA Marketplace to apply for opportunities for them to visit professionals and learn more about different careers.

    Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance

    The Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance (PPBEA) is a collaboration of the 13 school districts within our region. This collaboration is developing work-based learning opportunities for students to participate in, including apprenticeships, internships, job shadows, site visits, mentorships, and more! In addition to work-based learning experiences, the PPBEA also provides support in developing student resumés, professionalism training, and connections between our schools and community for these entities to work together in developing a formidable talent pipeline into the world of work.

    The PPBEA allows opportunities for students and classrooms to:

    • Access a variety of work-based learning experiences and resources to help meet Individual Career and Academic Program (ICAP) quality indicators
    • Learn about the world of work and learn through work by connecting with opportunities
    • Receive training, resumé enhancement, and course credit while participating in internships and youth apprenticeships
    • Access rich resources to learn about the current economic landscape in the Pikes Peak region

    The PPBEA opens the door for business and industry to:

    • Mold their future workforce by informing K-12 educational curriculum and improving alignment of learning outcomes to their occupational guidelines
    • Create relationships with a future, qualified workforce now moving through the K-12 system
    • Participate in the creation of an intentional, planned talent pipeline for difficult to fill occupations
    • Impact the economic future of the next generation

    EVERYONE is welcome to register with the PPBEA:

    • STUDENTS: take advantage of this resource to discover, start to define, and refine what you want to do after you graduate from high school.
    • PARENTS: take advantage of this resource to support your child in their development of future goals.
    • TEACHERS/STAFF: take advantage of this resource to develop work-based learning opportunities for your students, including site visits, interviews with professionals, classroom presentations, mentorships, and more!
    • BUSINESS & INDUSTRY: this could be parents and staff as well! Register with the PPBEA to help develop work-based learning opportunities. See how you could help develop the talent pipeline to inspire students to enter your industry!


    The table below shows the industries who, as of 2020, have the largest need for employees.

    Top Industries Needing Employees


    Professional skills are often referred to as soft skills, but they are more than that. These are the skills necessary in most, if not all, industries for an employee to be successful.  

    Professional Skills  


    Software skills are in high demand. Below lists the most sought-after skills to support employment in the 21st Century.   

    Technology/Software Skills in Demand


    There are certain skills that will make you more of an asset to a business than others. Which of the following skills can you add to your resumé?

    Specialized Skills in High Demand

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