About Career & Technical Education

21st century career and technical education (CTE) is not your grandfather’s vocational school.

CTE prepares students for careers, not just jobs.

  • It provides students with the academic and technical skills they need to succeed in college and in all types of high-skill, high-paying and in-demand careers.
  • It focuses students on cutting-edge technology in their chosen fields, workplace skills and real-world learning opportunities
  • It incorporates partnerships with colleges and universities, as well as employers, to help students find clear pathways to success.
  • And they have a head start on success, thanks to college credits and industry credentials earned through their CTE programs.
  • It integrates academics in a real-world, hands-on context.
  • Our high school students are generally more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher levels than other students because they understand how what they are learning relates to their career goals.
  • More than 75 percent of county vocational-technical high school graduates go on to college or further technical training.

CTE addresses the needs of businesses by closing the skills gap.

  • It provides adults with training to fill jobs in high-demand industries like advanced manufacturing, health care and construction.
  • And it builds a strong pipeline of well-prepared young people to meet future workforce needs in STEM, health sciences, digital media, and various trade and service careers.
  • In New Jersey, secondary and adult career and technical education is provided on a regional basis by 21 county vocational-technical school districts. Many local high schools offer some state-approved CTE programs, and community colleges also provide credit and non-credit CTE programs.