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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is about helping students, workers and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their working potential. First and foremost it is about high school and college education that provides students with:

  • Academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world, often called contextual learning
  • Employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics
  • Education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of progressing through school

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Colorado CTE has created a standards site that houses all of the current CTE standards for each content area.


CTE Fact Sheet 2014

  • High School CTE 2012-13
    • 114,470 total CTE enrollments
    • 1,257 high school programs in 150 public school districts
  • Middle School CTE 2012-13
    • 12,644 total CTE enrollments
    • 58 middle school programs
    • 94 programs in 2013-14
  • 32% of CTE students identified as economically disadvantaged; 9% as disabled; 38% as minority.
  • 38% of 9th-12th grade students in Colorado enrolled in at least one CTE course.
  • 52,021 total CTE program completions (46,693 total individual CTE students).
  • 94% percent of CTE concentrators and CTE program completers who graduated with a high school diploma met the partially proficient, proficient or advanced levels on the 10th grade Reading/Language Arts CSAP.
  • 74% met the partially proficient, proficient or advanced levels on the statewide 10th grade Mathematics CSAP.
  • 84% of previous year CTE completers  who were seeking employment had obtained jobs within a year following program completion.


Mary Anne Hunter 
Phone: 303-866-6596

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