Begin Main Content Area

Career and Technical Education

Images of students in CTC fields
In order to be prepared for the workforce of the future, students must graduate with strong academic, technical, and 
real-world skills.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all postsecondary path for every high school student, so it is critical for them to be prepared for success on whatever path they take after graduating – whether they enter the workforce, join the military, or continue their education.

Career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania offers students the opportunity to develop critical skills through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, which allow them to apply academics to real-world problems.   

There are more than 80 career and technical education centers (CTC) across Pennsylvania that offer PDE-approved programs to thousands of students. These programs are built on foundations of academic rigor and high expectations for student learning and success. Students self-select to enroll in a CTC, and many participate in Advanced Placement or Honors courses within their local school district.

Learn more about career and technical education in Pennsylvania by visiting the resources on this page.

Find out where Career and Technical Education Centers are located in Pennsylvania by viewing this map.

Visit the PAsmart website, which is home to a variety of resources on education and training opportunities, apprenticeships, and STEM careers in Pennsylvania.