Hands-on Learning for your Future
The Office of Career and Technical Education provides additional learning opportunities for School District of Philadelphia students to develop professional skills and or provide intensive training and instruction outside the traditional classroom curriculum. In selecting to enroll in a CTE Program, students have an the opportunity to receive training in a specific career pathway in several career areas.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) incorporates rigorous and challenging academic content standards, and provides a sequence of courses leading to an industry-recognized credential or certificate in addition to the student’s high school diploma by
- Empowering students for effective participation in an international economy as world-class workers and citizens;
- Teaching students the high demand skills needed to get a job, to cross-train for different positions, or retrain for a new career; and
- Preparing students for more than a good paying job – it serves as the beginning of a career path
There are over 120 CTE programs currently offered in over 30 high schools in the District. Students enrolled in these programs acquire both technical and academic skills by industry professionals, using state-of-the-art equipment in over 40 occupational areas.
What is a CTE Program of Study (POS)?
- A three-year, competency-based program beginning in 10th grade and consisting of 1,080 total hours of instruction
- Includes rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards, and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education
- Leads to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree, and
- Includes the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs, and other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits.