Career-Technical Education (CTE) Information for Families

Ohio Career-Technical Education programs provide high-level academic and technical knowledge and skills to prepare students for work and college. Students typically enroll in Career-Tech during their high school junior year. Some students also take career-tech courses during their freshman and sophomore years.


In FY2010:

  • 129,679 of Ohio high school students were enrolled in Career-Tech education;
  • Over 16,000 CTE students enrolled in advanced math in FY2010, and more than 11,000 enrolled in advanced science classes that support their career-technical learning;
  • Approximately 7,000 CTE participants were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses;
  • Almost 40% of career-tech students were enrolled in College Tech Prep programs, giving them the opportunity to earn college credit for free.

Tech Prep is rigorous academic and technical knowledge and skill grounded in business and industry. Educators refer to it as inquiry-based and problem-based learning. The curriculum is the centerpiece of Ohio's five-year (FY2009-2013) career-technical education (CTE) plan. Tech Prep provides a rigorous, relevant educational pathway connecting seamlessly, through articulated college credits, to postsecondary career opportunities. The vision is for every CTE student to be a Tech Prep student.

If you child is interested in attending a career-tech program, contact the school's guidance counselor for information on programs in the district and how to enroll. Career-tech courses are offered in 16 different career fields. Every school district in Ohio, working through their career-technical planning district, shall offer 10-12 programs in eight of the career fields. Access Career Fields for more information.

  • Agricultural and Environmental Systems
  • Arts and Communication
  • Business and Administrative Services
  • Construction Technologies 
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Science
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Marketing
  • Transportation Systems

Last Modified: 4/17/2013 1:30:42 PM