Career and Technical Education Programs

Students looking for the skills, knowledge, and training needed to succeed in a career can find a lot to offer from Career Technical Education (CTE). With rigorous programs that deliver high-quality vocational skills, CTE introduces students to workplace competencies and learning opportunities in a hands-on context.

To help organize its program options, the CTE uses the National Career Clusters Framework tool—yielding 16 career clusters and a total of 79 career pathways. The CTE programs help students discover interests and passions and can lead them to a successful career.

For full information, the Indiana CTE Career Guide is an awesome resource for parents, students, and educators to understand what CTE is all about. Incorporating this guide into the student’s daily activities could lead to quality transition services and activities in their IEP, including:

  • researching career paths that lead to their job interest,
  • determining careers of interest that match the student’s education goals,
  • using the guide to find jobs related to their career interest, and
  • identifying careers with high job growth potential or expected high number of job openings.

To aid student research, the Indiana Association of Career & Technical Education Districts includes a map and a list of CTE programs in the state with program directors and contact information.

For more information about CTE and programs in other states, visit the national Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE).

Bonus Tip

The Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC) announces a new and improved format for its weekly open office hours. Beginning Thursday, November 3, the CCLC will host Comprehensive Transition Open Office Hours from 2:30–4:30 p.m., ET.

  • Need an answer to a question about Transition Portfolios or IEPs?
  • About Social Security Work Incentives?
  • About Vocational Rehabilitation?

Our team will be standing by to help you with these and many other transition-related matters of interest. Feel free to drop in with your question or just listen in to learn what your colleagues are asking. No pre-registration required. Follow the Zoom link below to attend on Thursdays.

Comprehensive Transition Open Office Hours
Thursday’s from 2:30–4:30 p.m., ET
CCLC Office Hours ZOOM