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CTE Overview

Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the high school curriculum.  It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career preparation, and leadership development.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the opportunity to get a head start preparing for the future.  CTE is on the leading edge today, providing programs that will benefit students in ways that can only be imagined.  It has been said that 60% of today’s high school students will work jobs that do not currently exists.  CTE embraces connections between business, industry, and higher education so that students will be prepared to be college and career ready when they graduate high school. 

Career and Technical Education at Clay County High School offers 43 different courses that prepare students for entry into the workforce or into higher education.  These courses are arranged into these career pathways:

  • Administrative Support
  • Finance
  • Medical Office
  • Hospitality Services
  • Culinary Arts
  • Consumer & Family Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Information Support & Services
  • Security
  • Computer Programming
  • Engineering – Robotics and Automation

Students who are preparatory in their Pathway (they have completed two credits and enrolled in a third course) are eligible to become College and/or Career Ready.  To be College and/or Career Ready, in addition to their CTE courses, students must meet Benchmark on the ACT, COMPASS, or KYOTE, and earn an industry certificate or and industry-recognized Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA) certificate in their chosen pathway to be College and Career Ready.

To be a Career and Technical Education Completer, a student must complete a career pathway, earning four career-related credits within the chosen pathway and complete current required credits for graduation.  Some courses are required for that pathway and others are optional.

For more information about Career and Technical Education, take a look at the follwing links:

CTE Staff