Career and Technical Education 

 

CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. CTE programs are organized by 16 Career Clusters to offer a complete range of career options for students, helping them discover their interests and the educational pathway that can lead to success 

in high school, college and their chosen career/profession. CTE programs are changing, evolving and innovating to create an environment of opportunity within our schools from the middle schools and high schools to the post-secondary levels. CTE increases the relevance and impact of student’s education. CTE improves graduation rates in high school and college. Students gain the skills, technical knowledge, and the rigorous academic foundation and real-world experience they need for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers. Dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities are available for CTE students. Classes are available in the following clusters:

 

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources


The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Business, Management & Administration


Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Education & Training


Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support, and professional support services.

Health Science


Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Human Services


Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Manufacturing


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics


Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


The planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

 

See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/career-and-technical-education/career-clusters.html