Southwestern College

Career Technical Education Defined:

A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.


Students have the opportunity to acquire skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education. These skills should be transferable as well as job-specific, and basic to their general education, providing them with the foundation for life-long learning.

The primary objectives for career and technical education programs are:

  1. To give students the specific skills needed for job-entry positions now and broad transferable skills, allowing students further employment/education flexibility;
  2. To acquire an awareness of the structure and future trends within high skill, high wage industries to increase students' options for occupational choice in the pursuit of a career as well as providing a cognitive base for post-secondary education;
  3. To provide both school and work-based learning experiences;
  4. To bridge the gap between education and the world of work.
If you are a student, please complete the Register for Services intake form to become eligible for individual and group counseling as well as job readiness workshops.

If you are a faculty member
, please review all of the features of this program website for use in sharing the information and resources with your students enrolled in career technical certificate programs at our school. You can also request an in-class visit or tour of the Career Center to show your students all of the available services provided through the Center for Technical Education & Career Success (CTECS) Program.

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Last updated: 8/21/2015 12:25:13 PM