Career Technical Education

Rachelle Barkus
Senior Director, Educational Options        
Phn: (209) 492-4222

MCS has a long history of operating successful Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, traditionally called Vocational Education. Today’s CTE programs are rigorous and relevant programs that combine academic knowledge with technical skills and application of learning in hands-on, real life contexts to prepare students with viable skills for today’s increasingly complex workforce.

CTE programs reflect the instructional and learning design of Common Core: problem or project-based learning, development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, teaming/collaboration, and increased awareness of the expectations of business, industry, and the workplace. CTE is Common Core. Students taking a CTE sequence perform better on assessments, graduate at higher rates, and are more successful in both college and the job market.

The Pathways to Prosperity project (Harvard, Feb 2011) stated:

Today’s best CTE programs do a better job of preparing many students for college and career than traditional academics-only programs. Work-linked learning Shadowing, Internships, Apprenticeships Hard and Soft skills.

In the U.S., our goal should be to assist every young adult beginning at the end of middle school to develop an individualized pathway plan that would include career objectives; a program of study; degree and/or certificate objectives; and work-linked learning experiences.