Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education programs are made up of elective courses that teach you about different careers. New York City offers you over 130 schools and over 260 programs to choose from.

To find schools and programs in your area please visit the online CTE directory. The programs are organized into 16 different career clusters. Career clusters connect to more than 79+ specific career pathways or jobs. The 16 career clusters are:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Co-op Tech also offers half-day career and technical training for students who:

  • are enrolled in academic courses in another Department of Education program, or
  • have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent

What Students Get

Students who complete career and technical education programs are better prepared to make informed college and career decisions thanks to the real-world experiences they have in high school.

Career and Technical Education programs offer you:

  • Classes that teach you skills you will need to be successful in work and life after high school.
  • A class in Career and Financial Management that will help you to explore careers, learn about the workplace, and prepare you to manage your own money.
  • Teachers who have worked in their career areas and who hold industry certifications and professional licenses.
  • Opportunities for you to earn industry-recognized certifications that can help you to prepare for internships and jobs while you are still in school.
  • Work-based learning experiences like career mentoring, workplace tours, job shadowing, and internships that will help you build professional skills.
  • You will learn skills such as planning for success, collaboration, problem solving, social awareness and professional attitude.
  • School partnerships that help you meet adults who are working in the careers you are interested in learning more about.
  • Articulation agreements that offer you college credits, advanced standing or reduced tuition in a related college/university program upon graduation.
  • A Career and Technical Education Endorsement on your high school diploma.

Students who graduate from career and technical education programs may choose to:

  • continue at a college or university
  • go directly into the workforce
  • select technical training programs, apprenticeships, or schools that specialize in their chosen field of interest, or
  • some combination of all of the above

Diploma Endorsement

A high school diploma with Career and Technical Education endorsement is granted to students enrolled in NY State-approved programs of study who complete the following requirements:

  • 44 credits including the CTE career electives
  • Pass 5 Regents
  • Pass a 3-part technical assessment (this may be an industry recognized credential)
  • Work based learning experiences in career awareness, exploration, and career development
  • Work skills profile

Next Steps

You can learn more about Career and Technical Education programs by:

  • Attending the Career and Technical Education High School Fair in October
  • Finding out which high schools have the program you are interested in from the High Schools At a Glance list
  • Searching for “CTE” in your borough on NYC School Finder
  • Visiting the NYC Career and Technical Education website, where you will find:
    • Videos where students, teachers and principals introduce you to career and technical education             
    • A Schools and Program Directory that you can search by borough, school district, or career pathway and includes direct links to the high-school websites
    • Information about work-based learning programs like our industry scholars internship program. You can also watch a video of students and employers talk about their experiences.
    • Career maps that teach you about the types of jobs that you can prepare for in CTE
    • The Career and Technical Education newsletter, NYCCTE Spotlight, full of news about the amazing things that are happening in CTE schools and programs.
  • Visiting the Co-op Tech website

How to Enroll

  • Speak with your guidance counselor
  • Get help with admissions and enrollment from a Family Welcome Center staff member
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