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What is CTE?

CTE (Career and Technical Education) provides you with the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to prepare for life after high school. Study. Plan. Prepare. A CTE Pathway is a sequence of courses within a student's area of interest. A Pathway connects from high school to college for a certificate or a degree and/or career. Utah recognizes over 60 Career Pathways within eight CTE areas of study.

STEM Careers

The T in STEM stands for Technology. Americans lack the necessary skills to fill jobs in this area (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). According to Utah's Federal R&D and STEM Jobs Report, if we want the next generation of students to have jobs that provide a livable wage, we need to make science research and development and STEM Education a top priority. By 2018, there will be 101,000 STEM-related jobs that need to be filled. Most of these jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. Here are career fields in the STEM areas with the highest pay nationally:
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Nuclear Engineering
Source: CTE Directions Newsletter 5/3/2013

CTE Certificate Programs

CTE certificate programs – sometimes in conjunction with licensing exams – prepare workers for a diverse range of occupations. Here are just a few of those occupations that are in demand, along with both national and state median annual earnings. (NOTE: “median” is the middle value of a given set of numbers, listed as a distribution from low to high.) [Source: CTE Directions Newsletter November 2011]