Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Brian Culbert (contact)
Jennifer Taylor (contact)
CTE Administrative Assistant
Tennessee's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study are meant to provide a relevant framework of industry-aligned, rigorous courses that progress a student in knowledge and skills year over year. They also provide invaluable opportunities for students to experience a subject they are passionate about and explore interests that could lead to postsecondary learning and future career paths. These sequenced courses also reflect and support the three-credit "elective focus" requirement for graduation. Level one courses are most often taken by students in ninth grade.
To become a concentrator in CTE and to fulfill the elective focus requirement, a student must earn three credits in a Program of Study or a Career Cluster. Some courses overlap between different Programs of Study and even Career Clusters. These overlapping courses can count in more than one area.
Students at EHS take the following CTE courses to prepare them for success at EHS and in the future. One class is a Career Exploration class that we call Cyclone Experience. The other class is computer related. As all EHS students take either Computer Applications, Intro to Business, or Computer Science Foundation. These computer courses are eligible to count toward a student's program of study.
All students are encouraged to take a Work Based Learning WBL course, usually in the senior year. This course can provide internship opportunities at one of our many local business and industry partners.
Tennessee's Career & Technical Education consists of 16 nationally recognized career clusters with the ultimate goal of preparing students for success at the postsecondary level and in their chosen careers. EHS offers courses in eleven Career Clusters. Learn more on the TN CTE webpage.
EHS offers the following 5 certified pathways:
- Office Management
- Nursing Education
- Diagnostic Services
- STEM Engineering
- Aviation Flight
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CTE Quick Facts
- Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out in high school
- The average graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93% compared to the national average of 80%.
- 80% of students on the college path who enroll in CTE courses met college and career readiness goals compared to 63% percent of students enrolled in the same academic core courses with no CTE courses
- CTE students were significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report developing problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school
- CTE reinforces skills learned in math, English, history, and science through practical application
- Students who take advanced CTE courses in high school reported higher earnings than those who did not take a CTE course