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CTE Resources & Essentials

Student Leadership

Depending on your school’s CTE courses, you might have some or all of Washington’s student leadership organizations available to you.

Review the CTSOs Fact Sheet provides details and contact information for each of the eight recognized student organizations. 

CTE Logo

Please review the CTE Brand User Guide before downloading CTE logos:

Contact Information

CTE promotes and supports locally-based middle and high school programs that provide 21st-century, academic and technical skills for all students. CTE classes can often fulfill academic credits required for high school graduation and some classes are even good for tuition-free college credit.

We have compiled a list of resources to keep you up to date and on the right track with CTE.

Course & Program Approval

Guidance for a Successful Program

Leadership & Extended Learning

Leadership Templates

Extended Learning

CIP Codes

Below you'll find Career and Technical Education (CTE) Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes and Vocational codes (V-code). 

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning activities extend the classroom into the workplace, connecting acquired knowledge and skills to a student's future employment.

Additional Resources

For Students

  • Explore careers in middle and high school, especially careers in high-demand, high-growth fields such as healthcare and green technologies
  • Identify a career goal
  • Write a High School and Beyond Plan, with help from school career and guidance counselors, that identifies the high school and college-level academic and skills-based classes, training programs, and apprenticeships that will best prepare them for their career path of choice.
  • Take classes in high schools, at skills centers and at community and technical colleges that apply math, science and other academic subjects in real-life, hands-on ways
  • Pursue a rigorous Programs of Study to a registered apprenticeship, industry certifications and two- and four-year college options.
  • Earn tuition-free college credits as well as high school credits required for graduation
  • Become leaders by participating in skills competitions and community service

Credit & Graduation Requirements

Many CTE courses offer credit that meets academic requirements for graduation. Some CTE courses earn dual credit, meaning students earn college credit as well as high school credit, tuition-free. CTE Advanced Placement courses are available in some schools (students who pass their AP exam following a CTE class also earn dual credit).

Other high school graduation requirements include the CTE Sequence graduation pathway, culminating (senior project), and testing alternatives. Each school's offerings are different so ask your school career counselor or district CTE office for details.

For Business Supporters or CTE Teachers

Consider speaking to students in their schools, organizing field trips to your worksites, and establishing apprenticeship and internship opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more, contact your local school district’s Career and Technical Education Director or main administrative office.

CTE teaching gives you a chance to make a difference in preparing our children for meaningful, living-wage jobs in a variety of fields - to pass along your expertise and excitement to a new generation. If you are interested in CTE teaching, visit the Certification page for more information.  

21st Century Skills

Integrating 21st Century Skills into all curricula positions CTE as a premier course of study for career and college readiness for all students, and places more students on the path to success.

Methods of Administration

The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights requires OSPI to conduct a civil rights compliance program review. The intent is to identify, remedy and prevent discrimination in CTE programs operated by education agencies receiving federal financial assistance.

Microsoft® Imagine Academy

Microsoft Imagine Academy will help bridge the skills gap between the world of education and the world of work by providing curriculum and exams around the latest technologies.

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