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  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    Welcome to Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE Page! 
  • CTE:  What Do You Have to Gain?


    The Pittsburgh region’s workforce will be entirely transformed over the next decade due to retirements, job growth and occupational transitions that will require specific skills training.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide today’s students with the tools they need for success in tomorrow’s economy.

    Facts about Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    • There are 15 CTE programs located in the six comprehensive high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools District. These programs are offered in three-period blocks for three years, beginning in 10th grade.

    • Students learn in labs equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, taught by teachers who are industry professionals, in fields that are high demand with higher than average earning potential.

    • CTE is STEM. CTE programs incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    • 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 programs allow students to earn cost-free industry certifications, which gives them 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. They're meeting industry professionals who can help with their future career goals.  They're also going on field trips that allow them to visit college campuses and industry-specific job sites.

    • CTE doesn't limit student options. CTE expands student options because academic rigor is incorporated into all programs.  CTE also provides students with 21st Century transferable skills that will be needed for the workforce and for post-secondary education (communication, critical thinking, computer skills, teamwork etc.).

    These facts show what PPS students stand to gain through CTE.  To take advantage of all that CTE has to offer, apply today.