Online public schools like Connections Academy offer an array of CTE courses from which to choose. Individual Connections Academy–supported schools select the CTE courses they offer based on state or local guidelines. CTE courses are also offered through Pearson Online Academy, which is an online private school available worldwide.
Further, students can explore Connections Academy’s internship program. In this program, local school-level staff collaborate with businesses and organizations. Together, professional mentors work closely with students to coordinate opportunities for students to gain real-world, hands-on experience and valuable job skills while also earning course credits.
“Career and Technical Education is definitely undergoing a reinvention,” says Kate Fuchs who is the product manager for Pearson Online & Blended Learning, which is the parent company of Connections Academy. “It used to be known as vocational training and had a connotation as being for students who were not college-bound. The new iteration of CTE is much more focused on the skills students need to be more productive members of society after high school or college.”
Having the opportunity to get a sense of a profession can help students—college-bound or otherwise—discover disciplines they love.
Whether a student is hoping to work shortly after high school or wants to pursue extra life skills before earning a college degree, the hands-on experience gained from CTE courses provide a solid foundation for them to pursue their passions and obtain valuable job skills for the future.