Career and Technical Education: Preparing for Life After High School
Indiana Connections Career Academy is committed to helping all students prepare for bright futures after high school. Today, students need a broad education and 21st century skills to ensure successful long-term careers. Fortunately, students no longer need to choose between the academic courses needed for college and a vocational or technical training program.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offered by Connections Academy-supported schools allow students to combine both college preparation and real-world workforce skills development into one customized education program. CTE courses encourage students to explore and prepare for careers in finance, marketing, psychology, criminal justice, and more. By the end of the course series, students will have developed knowledge, skills, and competencies in their chosen field. The courses include:
- Interactive presentations
- Real-world activities and assignments that connect academics to careers
- Online study guides to help students obtain the skills of their chosen career pathway.
Programs of study are organized by career clusters that include distinct groupings of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. These clusters branch into career pathways to help students narrow their interests further and design an education plan utilizing career technology for achieving career goals.
Proven Success Rate of Career and Technical Education
The U.S. Department of Education found that students enrolled in CTE programs have a high school graduation rate of more than 90 percent, compared to the average national freshman graduation rate of 75 percent. Additionally, 70 percent of students concentrating in CTE areas stayed in postsecondary education or transferred to a four-year degree program. To learn more about Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Indiana, visit the Advance CTE website.
View our online high school elective Career and Technical Education descriptions.
Connections with Industry Professionals
Indiana Connections Career Academy offers students a highly valuable partnership with Nepris, an award-winning group connecting industry professionals to our virtual classroom. Students have the opportunity to interact live with successful people working in careers that interest them. For example, INCC students have heard from professional recruiters on resume building and from a manufacturing expert on what her day-to-day life is like. In addition to the LiveLesson® sessions scheduled by INCC teachers, students have access to over 4,500 session recordings as well as live “Industry Chats” with professionals that are shared with students across the country.
By the time they are seniors, students will have completed most of their classroom learning. There’s no substitute for experience, so during this year we connect them with opportunities for real-world internships and on-the-job training. These experiences allow students to practice new skills and gain firsthand knowledge of their field.
Advisors guide students in their high school experience and as they prepare for life after graduation. Students have access to online advisory sessions and seminars as well as information and resources focused on college and trade schools, resume writing, job applications, interviewing, and the transition from school to work.