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Why Career-Technical Education?

Career-Technical Education Programs offer courses beginning in middle school to students who are interested in technical careers. You prepare for college while developing skills you need for challenging technical careers. Programs are built to link the courses you take in middle school and high school to at least two years of college, certificate options, or workforce opportunities. You’ll get a jump start leading to an associate or bachelor’s degree or postsecondary certification and employment in a high skill, high tech career.

  • You prepare for a great career
  • You get a head start on college and career
  • You’ll learn by doing and use what you learn





What is Career-Technical Education?

Career-Technical Education connects high school and college education to high skill, high demand technical employment. You’ll take college prep math, science and English AND build marketable skills in areas such as engineering, health, information technology, biotechnology and business. 


When do I start?

Career-Technical Education usually begins in the 11th grade, although some schools offer introductory classes as early as middle school. You’ll be on a track to pursue an associate or bachelor’s college degree or certification. 


What’s different about Career-Technical Education?

Employers identify skills that will be valuable for future careers. Colleges and high schools coordinate curriculum to develop these skills. This connection, called a Career-Technical Education pathway, gives you early access to college-level work. You could also be eligible for college credit, scholarships or advanced standing. The pathway eases your transition from high school to college, eliminating gaps and duplication. 


What are college advanced standing and credit opportunities?

Qualified Career-Technical Education high school graduates can often by-pass college introductory technical courses and start at a more advanced level. Students may also receive college credit for work completed in high school, depending on the participating college partner and program. Guidelines for awarding advanced college standing and credit are specified in an articulation agreement. Typically, college credit is awarded based on a test, certification by high school instructor or completion of a certain number of advanced college courses.


Can I attend a four-year college following high school Career-Technical Education?

Career-Technical Education expands rather than limits college options. College prep academics prepare you for a two or four-year college degree. Early academic planning is advised. Because many four-year colleges require two years of a foreign language, consider completing these requirements in the 9th and 10th grade, so you can focus on the technology experience in your last years of high school.


Can I transfer to a four-year college after completing a two-year college degree?

Absolutely! Each Career-Technical Education articulation agreement specifies four-year colleges that have transfer arrangements with the two-year college degree program.


Are there any special scholarships available to Career-Technical Education students?

Many college partners offer Career-Technical Education scholarships for students who complete the high school and college entrance components of the pathway.


Will Career-Technical Education help me find a job?

Career-Technical Education students are often able to access career-related jobs because of their technical training. These positions offer better than average wages for high school graduates. Some employers have college tuition plans. Many college programs include paid co-op learning experiences.


What if I complete the Career-Technical Education program in high school and decide I want to study something different in college?

It is better to find out in high school rather than college. Again, Career-Technical Education expands rather than limits options. You are taking college prep academics that will enable you to transition to a college program. The technology classes give you a chance to test out a career interest. If it’s a good match, you have a head start. If it’s not what you want, you have not wasted time and dollars in college. 



How Do I Start?

Career-Technical Education courses are offered in middle schools, high schools, career centers and colleges throughout Ohio. While some students explore Career-Technical Education in middle grade foundation classes, most students begin as high school juniors.

Be prepared to take algebra II, geometry, chemistry and physics, along with other required academic courses in preparation for engineering technologies, information technologies, or health technologies.

  • Take advantage of open houses and career days hosted by partner colleges and high schools.
  • Find out more about Career-Technical Education programs by contacting your guidance counselor. Your counselor can help you select available courses and complete the necessary paperwork.
  • Contact your local Ohio College Tech Prep Regional Center for program information and requirements.

Last Modified: 5/4/2015 8:20:35 AM