Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides Maine students with the opportunity for relevant and challenging applied learning to enhance their occupational, personal, and academic success while preparing them to meet the needs of the Maine workforce. CTE offers in-depth training as well as middle and high school exploration into career pathways for ALL students.
Training an educated workforce is key to developing a successful and productive community and economy. CTE, through its career clusters, multiple pathways and programs, empowers students to develop the attributes and skills necessary to become successful citizens, workers and leaders.
All secondary students can access one of Maine's 27 CTE centers and regions. Maine CTE programs prepare students to be ready for career and post-secondary opportunities by:
- Delivering expert instruction in national industry-related standards and technical skills
- Providing an opportunity for student academic success through multiple pathways
- Partnering with area employers and local industry to ensure that students are ready and prepared to meet the needs of the workforce
- Introducing and reinforcing general employability skills that are common to all work environments
- Coordinating with postsecondary partners to facilitate a seamless transition into continued learning opportunities
- Providing middle school students with the resources and education to explore their career pathway choices