CTE Frequently Asked Questions

  • 89% of parents think students should receive more career guidance in high school

    What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)? CTE provides students with opportunities to learn core academics and valuable workforce readiness skills.  These opportunities involve hands-on learning, project based delivery models, industry connections, and work-based learning experiences. CTE works to connect what students learn in the classroom with real-world career skills. 

    Does CTE prepare students for College and Career Readiness?   CTE prepares students for both Careers and College through a focus on overall Post-Secondary Readiness. A recent study by Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute found that by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the US Economy will require some form of post-secondary training following high school. 

    Who are CTE students?  CTE students are high school and postsecondary students of all ages who are lifelong learners. They seek opportunities to connect their classroom work with their career goals.

    Who creates CTE programs?  Secondary and post-secondary schools collaborate with State CTE and industry partners to provide high-level instructional and career based opportunities for students. 

    What types of careers does CTE prepare students for? CTE programming in Colorado is ever changing. Within El Paso County, emerging and growing career opportunities are found in manufacturing, green energy, health care, and defense.  CTE programming in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 focuses on career fields with projected future growth in El Paso County, the State of Colorado, nation-wide, and international.  

    Colorado Career Cluster Model