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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an integral part of the comprehensive secondary school program in Wake County.

The mission of Career and Technical Education is to provide offerings that meet student needs, interests, abilities, and aspirations and respond to actual or anticipated opportunities for employment, advanced education, and practical life application. Career and Technical Education promotes best practices that enhance teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement and encourage responsible career choices.

Middle school students are offered exploratory courses in business and information technologies, life skills, technology systems, and career decisions. Each middle school has a Career Development Coordinator to support the school-to-career connection and facilitate business alliance activities.

In the high schools, introductory courses are available at grades 9 and 10, advanced and specialized instruction at grades 11 and 12. Courses are offered in the areas of agriculture, business and information technology, career development, health occupations, family and consumer sciences, marketing, technology, and trade and industry. Each high school has a Career Development Coordinator to support the school-to-career connection and facilitate business alliance activities. Special Populations Coordinators provide support services for qualifying students needing special assistance or intervention to succeed in a CTE course. Dual enrollment and advanced placement opportunities are available at local community colleges.

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An articulation agreement comprised of approximately 50 high school CTE courses that match the knowledge and skills taught in similar community college courses is in place. The articulation agreement ensures that if a student is proficient in their high school course, the student can receive college credit for that course at any North Carolina community college. This streamlines the student’s educational pathway by eliminating the need to take multiple courses with the same learning outcomes.

Dual enrollment gives WCPSS middle and high school students the opportunity to take approved courses for high school credit at regionally accredited institutions including Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), community colleges, North Carolina Virtual Public School, and non-WCPSS secondary schools.

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CTE Non-Discrimination Statement

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an integral part of the comprehensive secondary school program in Wake County. The Wake County Public School System offers a comprehensive Career and Technical Education program for students in middle and high schools. Courses are offered in Agricultural Education; Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education; Career Development Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Health Science Education; Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education; Technology, Engineering and Design Education; and Trade and Industrial Education. To ensure all students have access to CTE and are successful, Career Development and Special Populations support services are also available. All programs may not be offered at each middle and high school.

For further information concerning Career and Technical Education, contact David Wehbie, Director of Career and Technical Education.

The Wake County Board of Education will not discriminate against anyone on the bases of sex in its educational programs or activities, in admission to its educational programs or activities, or in employment policies and practices in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator is the assistant superintendent for student services or her/his designee and may be reached at (919) 854-4349. Correspondence to the Title IX Coordinator should be sent to:
110 Corning Road, Cary
North Carolina 27518

Grievances regarding alleged sexual harassment may be raised according to the procedures outlined in Board Policy 2320/3035/4035/6415. Board of Education Policy 6210 - Assurance of appropriate services disabled students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act No child will be excluded from any educational program or be subject to discrimination because he/she is an individual with a disability, as the term is defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Protected individuals include any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. 6210.1 The Senior Director of Related Services and Section 504 is charged with the responsibility of serving as the Wake County Public School System's Section 504/ADA Coordinator and is a contact person for questions related to Section 504/ADA. A 504/ADA contact for each school has been trained to serve as a resource for parents, guardians, and staff. 6210.3 The Superintendent shall establish procedures for implementation of this policy. These procedures shall be available through the Section 504/ADA Coordinator and the Section 504/ADA contact at each school. Board Policy 6220 - Assurance of Appropriate Services for Students with Disabilities Wake County Public School System assures all children with disabilities ages three (3) through twenty-one (21) will have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs in the least restrictive environment, prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living, and ensures the rights of these children and their parents are protected. 6220.1 Wake County Public School System will adhere to state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the education of students with disabilities as well as Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities as adopted by the State Board of Education.
The above named persons can be contacted at:
Wake County Public School System,
5625 Dillard Drive,
Cary, NC 27518

This CTE website provides information for school administrators, teachers, and other staff to support the management of CTE programs at the school level. The information and procedures outlined are based on federal, state, and local regulations governing Career and Technical Education funding.