Career and technical education courses often utilize a hands-on style of learning that promotes the attainment of technical skills and helps students gain an understanding of how academic concepts are used in the workplace. These programs can help students learn about, explore and prepare for a career.
Many high school career and technical education programs are designed to be the first part of a program of study that continues for up to two years beyond high school at a state technical college or community college.
Some of the courses offer opportunities for students to earn college credits during high school and many offer community and service-learning components as part of the course. Interested students should talk with the career and technical education teacher or the guidance counselor at their school.