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DC CTE activates student passions and provides tools to create pathways to successful careers.

Why CTE?

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is learner-focused. CTE learners harness their passions, prepare for life after high school, and connect to the continuously-changing world of work. In Washington, DC, CTE meets the evolving needs of learners and decreases the skills gap for industries by combining academics and high-quality, real-world experiences. DC CTE students design their pathway to success in a career of choice.

In the Programs of Study we offer, students gain hands-on knowledge and skills, participate in internships and mentorships, and earn college credit or professional certifications. Our students are often more involved in their coursework and, on average, increase their entry-wage earning potential by 7% for each advanced CTE course taken.

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Students & Families

Create a pathway to success and a career after high school. Families can also find ways to support here.

Educators, Admin & Counselors

School staff are key to connecting students to CTE programming and preparing them for their future.

Community & Partners

Community organizations, employers, and policy makers are the foundation for high-quality local CTE programs.

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Who We Are

The State Office of Career and Technical Education (DC CTE) supports all public and public charter schools within the District to create, implement, and maintain academically-excellent, responsive, and locally-attuned career and technical education programs. It is our mission to provide extraordinary opportunities for students and foster life-long learners.