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Career and Technical Education

Vision Statement

The DoDEA Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program will empower students to acquire the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills to enter, compete, and advance in their education and career in a global economy.

The DoDEA CTE Program offers career-related courses to middle and high school students. Career and Technical Education benefits students because it combines workplace skills with rigorous academic work. A CTE class provides students with learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom and into the world of work. By using a "learning by doing" approach, CTE is about the real world of joining the workforce.

College and Career Ready

A College and Career Ready (CCR) graduate, has mastery of the content knowledge and skills in literacy and mathematics along with the ability to persevere and apply those skills in new situations. This includes, but is not limited to: reading, writing communicating, creating, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. These skills are essential to the future success of our students in any and all postsecondary endeavors.

High School Career Clusters and Career Pathways

Career Clusters represent the broad groupings of similar occupations and industries within the U.S. job market (e.g., business, information technology, health). Each Career Cluster provides students with the overview in terms of career options and an opportunity to explore the industry. Each Career Pathway focuses on the specific courses and experiences that prepare students for two-year and four-year colleges, and the workplace.

Within each of the Career Clusters are various Career Pathways, representing a variety of occupational fields associated with the Career Cluster. We encourage DoDEA students to choose their pathway based on their interests and then we guide them into the appropriate coursework. Working with our students to explore the world of work, they begin to understand the importance of academic subjects like math, science and English in the context of their career interest.

Career Pathway Endorsement

To receive a Career Pathway Endorsement a student must complete the Career Pathway Curriculum; a sequence of prescribed courses. When they complete their curriculum pathway, the endorsement appears as a notation on their transcript.

High School Graduation Requirements

All DoDEA graduates must complete 2 credits in Career Technical Education, .5 must be a Computer Technology Course, to receive a DoDEA diploma.

The CTE curriculum is organized around Career Clusters that identify pathways for continued student learning from high school into a two- and/or four-year College, apprenticeship, or workplace. Career Clusters and Pathways represent a nationwide effort to help schools ensure that students get the knowledge and skills they need for multiple career choices by matching what is taught in the classroom to business and industry standards.

CTE Cluster Matrix


Contact Information:

DoDEA CTE Information Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

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