Giving Vermont High School Students the Opportunity to Explore What’s Possible
Vermont’s Career Technical Education (CTE) centers prepare students for college and future careers through real-world experience, practical applications, mentoring and networking to develop 21st century skills and knowledge. Students have the opportunity to earn free college credits and industry-recognized credentials in their focused program of study—all while progressing on their path to graduation and beyond.
What are Career Technical Education centers?
We Connect Curriculum to real world experience.
Career Technical Education Centers are developing Vermont’s most valuable resource—its people. Their free programs help high school students build the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience they need to prepare for high skill, high-demand, high-wage careers—to keep Vermont working—in every sense of the word.
CTE Programs Set High School Students Up For Success In What Comes Next.
31% of CTE Program Graduatesearned at least one postsecondary industry credential within their program.
90% of CTE Program Graduatestransition directly to work or college after high school graduation.
37% of CTE Program Graduatesleave high school with college credit earned in their program.
Busting Myths About Vermont’s CTE Programs:
CTE programs cost money and there are only a few CTE centers in the state. CTE programs are free to high school students! Applying is also free. There are 17 CTE centers located throughout Vermont—often close to local high schools, and transportation options are often available. See our map of Vermont CTE center locations +
By taking a CTE program, it will effect a student’s current high school experience. Career technical education IS a part of the high school experience! School counselors help to integrate a CTE program within a student’s high school schedule—which can include sports, clubs, and other extracurriculars.
High school students in CTE programs won’t be prepared to apply for college. False! CTE programs not only prepare students for college, but can also set them ahead with opportunities to earn college credits!
Finding Inspiration From Your Interests
Uniquely designed programs help students explore for their future.
Sustaining a Healthy Vermont:
EMT & Paramedic
Athletic Training/Physical Therapy
Dental Care Provider
Designing for the Future:
Advanced Digital Manufacturing
Information Technology and Cybersecurity
Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance
Making Things Work:
Plumbing and Heating
Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology
Building a Sustainable Future:
Sustainable Energy Technology
Forestry and Natural Resources
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Supporting Strong Communities:
Public Safety Officer
Mental Health Provider
Building a Maker Mindset:
Computer Systems Technology
Digital Design and Media
Film and Animation
THE LIST DOESN’T STOP THERE! EXPLORE VERMONT’S CTE CENTERS BELOW TO SEE MORE OF THE INDUSTRY SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS OFFERED.
Who is eligible for CTE Programs and how can I apply?
Students beginning in their sophomore year of high school may access CTE programs. To apply, visit your local CTE center using the map above, and follow their admissions process to take charge of your education!
Can CTE students still play high school sports?
Yes! Like any other high school student, they can engage in high school activities that fit within their schedules.
How much does it cost to attend a CTE center?
It is free to students accessing CTE as part of their high school pathway to graduation.
Can CTE students earn college credit?
Yes! In many instances CTE students can take more college classes than those offered through high school.