Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Welcome to Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE Page!
CTE Provides Essential Skills for Essential Workers.
As our nation faces a health crisis like COVID-19, we become more acutely aware of CTE’s value in providing a skilled workforce. CTE offers 16 programs that prepare PPS high school students for careers in high demand fields that are crucial to our infrastructure as a society.
Think about the jobs that have been designated as essential.
- First Responders
- Food Service
- Information Technology
- Internet Management
- Entertainment Technology
- Automobile Repair
- Personal Care Services
The Career and Technical Education programs offered in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) can help prepare high school students for one of these careers (higher skill level/higher pay). PPS students can enroll in CTE beginning in 10th grade. Through these programs, students learn 21st century job skills, earn industry certifications and college credits.
- Hands-on/minds-on learning
- Interdisciplinary learning
- Authentic problem solving
- Industry partnerships
- Early career experiences
- Increased graduation rates
- Career and college readiness
- Equity for underserved students
- Student motivation and engagement
- Academic and technical proficiency
- Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication
- CTE programs allow students to earn cost-free industry certifications. Certifications provide students with a competitive advantage over their job-seeking peers after graduation. CTE offers the skills training needed to pass certification exams and covers the costs associated with the exam, saving parents thousands of dollars.
- CTE programs give students the opportunity to connect with potential employers.
Studets meet industry professionals who can help with their future career goals. They also participate in work-based learning activities and field trips.
- CTE is a College Prep program. CTE programs not only allow students to earn college credits while in high school through dual enrollment, but can reduce the overall cost of post-secondary education because students can earn college credits for the CTE coursework completed in high school.
- CTE is STEM. CTE programs incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics, using an interdisciplinary approach.
- CTE also provides students with the 21st Century transferable skills. These vital skills are necessary both in the workforce and in post-secondary education (communication, critical thinking, computer skills, teamwork etc.).
Now, more than ever, CTE is the smart choice for a sustainable and successful future. Apply Today!