Career and Technical Education: Preparing for Life after High School
Connections 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 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.
Programs of study are organized by career clusters, which 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.
Connections Academy currently offers over thirty CTE courses*. View our online high school course descriptions includingelective Career and Technical Education courses.