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.

About DC CTE

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.

About OSSE

As DC’s state education agency, OSSE works urgently and purposefully, in partnership with education and related systems, to sustain, accelerate, and deepen progress for DC students.

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