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Career and Technical Education

In today's changing workforce, it is more critical than ever before that our young people complete their high school education with strong academic and technical skills that prepare them for college-level studies and successful careers. We believe this foundation will allow them to succeed personally and also make a valuable contribution to an innovative and competitive economy. Building this foundation is what the new Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education (CTE) system is all about. CTE in Pennsylvania is designed to meet a dual mission - develop students with college readiness skills and a career path. CTE is no longer an either/or choice, but a both/and opportunity for student success.

With more than 80 career and technology centers (CTCs) and 120 school districts offering Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education, programs are built around high expectations for student learning. These expectations include the development of strong reading, writing, numeracy, problem solving, and teamwork skills, in addition to the practical and tangible career skills that motivate students and help them develop a career path for future education and work.

There are numerous resources that are available to students, teachers, administrators, business partners and parents throughout this website. 

Pennsylvania Career & Technical Education: College & Career Pathways for the 21st Century (PDF). Please note, this file is for desktop printing and is not formatted for professional printing. Please contact Lori Bell at if you need a printer-ready file. 

View a comprehensive map of Career and Technical Education Centers in Pennsylvania.