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Want to know what to expect when you take a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Course? Teachers use the "Framework for CTE Learning"  (below) when writing curriculum and planning lessons to ensure a vertical alignment of curriculum that builds on lessons or activities from year-to-year. This is true of both regular CTE courses as well as those that are part of a Career Academy.  To learn what classes are offered at each level in the program of studies that interest you, return to the "CTE Home" page and click on the career cluster icon or simply use the "Endorsements" tab above.

To provide consistency among all CTE classes, the CTE Leadership Team chose to implement Bulb electronic portfolios. Students log into their portfolio through the district's single sign-on system and add to their portfolios. Portfolios are not public unless the student "shares" it with a college or university. These portfolios remain active after graduation for graduates to be able to share their high school achievements with perspective colleges and employers. For a small fee, they are able to continue building their personal portfolio.

To ensure that our curriculum is aligned with industry needs and that students are learning the knowledge and skills necessary to enter their chosen career pathway or college major, our teachers administer Precision Exams as pre-tests, mid-terms, and as end-of-course exams. These exams were created by committees of industry professionals nationwide. Precision Exams also provides students with the opportunity to earn a Precision Exams Career Skills Certificate by achieving a passing score on their online exam. This will provide documentation for them to 

  • Quantify their education and experience
  • Show proficiency for resumes and college applications
  • Validate skills attained with complete standards listed on the back of the certificate
  • Encourage student success in future careers and education.


Framework for CTE Learning





Level 1 Course

Level 2 Course

Level 3 Course

Level 4 Course

21st Century Skills

Digital Citizenship



  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Initiative



  • Management Skills
  • Social/Cultural Interaction


Career / Life Skills

  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability


4-Year Plan


Initial Development

CTE Math/Science, IBC Courses, & Internships/Practicums

Update or create new if POS has changed

Update or create new if POS has changed

Update or create new if POS has changed

Career Planning

4YP w- Endorsement

Career Interest Survey

Occupation / IBC Exploration Project

Career Cluster Specific Project (presentation with visual aid)

Career Project focusing on Stackable Credentials/ Lifetime Career Progression

Career Plan (Occupational Specific Plan)


College Planning

4YP AP & Dual Credit Options


College Major Advising

Community College Field Trip

TSI Testing

College Night Activity

University Visit


College Application

Scholarship Application (including essay)


CTSO Leadership

Service Learning Project

Leadership Conference


District Officer

Volunteer Project with Industry

CTSO Leadership-Regional/State Officer

CTSO Skills

CTSO Observer / District Competitor

CTSO Skills -Area/Regional Competitor

CTSO Skills Regional/State Qualifier

Skills Mastery – State/National Qualifier

Employability Focus

Soft-Skill Overview

Mock Interviews (teacher-based)

Mock Interviews (Industry-based)

Job Fair – Summer Employment

Job Fair/Employment

Industry Certification / Postsecondary

1st Level Industry Cert, or

Course EOC Cert, or

Dual Credit Class

2nd Level Industry Cert, or

Course EOC Cert, or

Dual Credit Class

3rd Level Industry Cert, or

Course EOC Cert, or

Dual Credit Class

4th Level Industry Cert, or

Course EOC Cert, or

Dual Credit Class

Industry in the Classroom

Teacher Mentoring

Demonstrations / Guest Speakers

Industry Co-Teach Safety

Lab-based Practicum

Standards Presentation

Lab-based Practicum


Portfolio Development


Creation based on Program of Study template


Add Resume


Industry Writing Sample

Update & Finalize for Graduation

Technical Experience Focus



Introductory Skills

Basic Skills


On-Campus Job Simulation

Intermediate Skills


High Level Skills for job entry

Work-based Learning

Virtual Tour


Field Trip to Worksite (touring work place)

Job Shadowing

Attend Industry Conference

Unpaid Internships- Practicum

  • Employment (OJT)

All Level Teaching Strategies





Career Fairs

Industry Documents (JSAs)

Career Night Assignments

Modeling of Real World Job Positions in Lessons

Occupational & Career Pathway Research

Problem-Solving in Real World Situations

CTSO Leadership & Skills Contests

Project-Based Learning

Course Content Lessons


Cross-curricular Activities

Service Learning Lessons with Projects

CTSO Monthly Meetings

Lab-based Skills Lessons

Hands-On Activities

Students in Leadership Roles in class setting

*These guidelines are minimum expectations for each coherent sequence level. Based upon pathways and course options, some IBCs or activities may be offered earlier.

*Differentiation for advanced and special population students is required.

*Learning Strategies developed in earlier years should be strengthened in each ensuing year.