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What is Career and Technical Education?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares secondary, postsecondary and adult students with technical, academic and employability skills for success in the workplace and in further education.
  • Encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 8.4 million individuals seeking postsecondary certificates and associate degrees in CTE fields1

  • Is delivered flexibly through high schools, area career centers, career academies, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more

  • Educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters® and 79+ pathways

  • Offers clear pathways to industry certifications, postsecondary certificates and degrees

  • Partners with businesses to prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce

  • Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas

  • Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills

Source: Association of Career & Technical Education

See the Guide to Student CTE Programs

CTE Enrollment by Program Area 2017-18 (duplicated)*

Agriculture & Natural Resources 2,801
Business & Marketing Education 10,239
Education, Hospitality & Human Services 15,503
Health Sciences & Public Safety 12,051
Information & Media Technology 30,970
Skilled & Technical Sciences 14,809

CTE Graduation Rates

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
NV Total 70.77% 73.55% 80.85%
CTE Students 83.76% 85.44% 91.23%

Source: NDE reporting of CTE cohort graduation rates.

CTE Completers (student who have completed a CTE program sequence and are eligible for end-of-program assessment)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
7,587 8,422 9,329

Source: CTE annual assessment reporting of CTE students who have completed a program sequence.

CTE Concentrators (unduplicated students enrolled in Level 2)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
15,810 16,428 17,761

Source: CTE official enrollment data base (Oct. 1st annually)

Note: Level 2 concentrators are only those students who moved into concentrator status in the reporting year. Total concentrator counts include students in Level 2, 3, & 4 as reported in the federal Perkins Annual CAR report. 2015-16(25,537), 2016-17(23,111), 2017-18 (26,917)

CTE Enrollment (unduplicated)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
63,294 61,900 63,854

Source: CTE official enrollment data base (Oct. 1st annually)