Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Why study CTE?

Changes in the economy, work, and society demand that every high school student be prepared both for careers and postsecondary education. The division between preparation for college and preparation for work has become a false dichotomy. Every high school student must meet high academic standards in secondary and postsecondary education and be ready for the challenges of work, continued learning, and citizenship (Brand, 2003).

Great possibilities exist for Hawai'i's students in the new economy, and CTE will be instrumental in helping all students become successful, contributing citizens.  To ensure equity and excellence for all students, CTE has transformed itself from a "hobby" type curriculum to that of a high-skills, career-focused curriculum. CTE uses a career pathway system that directly supports Hawai'i's plans for economic development and HIDOE's mission to cultivate lifelong learners via credit-bearing coursework leading to program certifications, degrees, and more. CTE programs support standards-based education and can provide structure for school design.

CTE Core Principles

Where is CTE Headed?

CTE resources

ReferencesBrand, B. (2003). Rigor and Relevance: A New Vision for Career and Technical Education. A White Paper. Washington, DC, NW: American Youth Policy Forum.