February is CTE Month

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that occurs each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant CTE courses and programs prepare youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.

How does CTE enhance the K-12 learning environment?

  • CTE integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • CTE educates students on a range of career options through 17 Career Clusters and over 79 Career Pathways.
  • CTE fulfills employer needs that are in high demand.
  • CTE prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills.
  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates.

In Chesapeake, CTE courses are available for grades 6-12. At the middle school level (grades 6-8), courses include:

  • Technology Education Family
  • Consumer Science Education.

At the high school (grades 9-12) level, we offer several opportunities to engage in CTE learning pathways. Courses include:

  • Technology Education
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Business & Information Technology and Marketing Education
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC)

In addition, high school students can enroll in courses of study focused on CTE subject areas:

  • Chesapeake Career Center (CCC)
  • The STEM Academy at Grassfield High School
  • Project Lead the Way courses at the Science and Medical Academy at Deep Creek High School

We are excited to expand learning opportunities for our middle school students in the fall of 2021 with the addition of several Middle School Computer Science courses. High school students will also have new opportunities in CTE beginning in the Fall 2021, when the following courses will be offered to students across the district:

  • Emergency Medical Telecommunications (911 Dispatch)
  • Early Childhood I and II (Dual Enrollment) both will be housed at the Chesapeake Career Center.

CTE opportunities are not limited to the classroom. Students can engage and participate in many Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) active within our schools. Active chapters and organizations in our district include:

  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Educators Rising
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders Of America)

Follow our district CTE programs on Social Media!

  • Twitter – @Chesapeake_CTE
  • Facebook – Chesapeake Career and Technical Education
  • Instagram – Chesapeake_CTE