Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.
CTE Works for High School Students
CTE programs give high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. In CTE programs you will learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life. As a CTE student you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real world experience through job shadows and internships. Many programs offer you the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which you can use to get a job to pay for college or as the start of your career!
CTE Works for Adult Students
CTE programs help adults returning to education and other non-traditional students such as veterans, not only with academic and technical skills, but also with support services. Participation in skills training programs increased wages and earnings, raised the probability and consistency of employment, and led to work in higher-quality jobs. CTE also gives individuals in transition a way to begin a new career with a chance to reinvent themselves. Many people who have been laid off during the economic crisis are taking the opportunity to go back to school and get retrained for a new career.
CTE Works for Businesses and the Economy
More than 80 percent of respondents in the 2005 National Association of Manufacturer’s Skills Gap Report indicated that they are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers overall — with 13 percent reporting severe shortages and 68 percent indicating moderate shortages. CTE plays a vital role in helping American business close this gap by building a competitive workforce for the future.
The Academy of Careers and Technology offers twenty-four programs organized within eleven industry clusters. All programs prepare you with a college-prep education as well as the real world skills that will allow you to graduate from high school with more than just a high school diploma.
Equal Education Opportunity
The Raleigh County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability, or age in its educational programs and activities. The following
person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Director of Pupil Services
Title IX and Title II Officer
105 Adair St.
Beckley, WV 25801
Telephone (304) 256-4500 ext. 3329