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Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education within the District of Columbia is a District-wide, secondary, postsecondary, college and career preparation system. It is designed to help ensure that all District learners achieve mastery of core academic knowledge and advanced skills, and to prepare learners for success in postsecondary education, lifelong learning, and high skills, high wage, or high demand careers in the competitive global labor market of the 21st century.
CTE programs of study ("Career Pathways") are made up of coherent sequences of courses offered by high schools and community and technical colleges. They provide both rigorous core academic content and advanced, career-specific skills. CTE programs of study span both secondary and postsecondary education, ideally on a dual enrollment basis, and lead to an industry-recognized credential and/or an associate or baccalaureate degree.
OSSE administers federal funds available under the Carl D. Perkins Act to leverage active working partnerships with DC Public Schools, D.C. public charter schools, the University of the District of Columbia Community College, and the private sector to foster and improve high quality, high performance CTE programs of study that are accessible to every student.