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What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an educational option that provides learners the opportunity to earn industry-valued credentials, college credit, and workplace experiences incorporating a rigorous academic core coupled with a high-level technical curriculum. CTE educates students for a range of career options through the 16 Career Clusters® and 79 career pathways. In New Jersey, there are approximately 77,000 secondary students participating in CTE career pathways aligned to New Jersey’s key industries, such as Construction & Energy, Finance, Health Care, Technology, Manufacturing, and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

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The CTE Vision

Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education

In the spring of 2010, CTE leaders, advocates, and partners committed to a new CTE vision to guide the future of education for all students. Its ultimate goal: to prepare students of all ages to succeed in education and careers—and enable the United States to flourish in a dynamic and increasingly competitive global economy.

The new CTE vision is defined by five guiding principles. Collectively, they serve as guideposts for the CTE community to set priorities and make decisions affecting CTE programs, policies and priorities—and to chart a new course for CTE and the nation in the 21st century.

For more information about CTE in New Jersey, check out NJCCVTS.

NJCCVTS 2023 Data Sheet

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