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Fall Guide 2015 Vol. 23 No. 1 Focus on Career and Technical Education

Building the CTE program into a first-class option

Photo: Charles Mostoller

Toni Damon, principal of Dobbins CTE High School, emphasizes that her students come out of high school ready to go to college or do further post-secondary study.


Bill Hangley Jr.

It’s an uphill climb in a cash-strapped district that prioritizes college attainment. Even so, Kipphut has seen significant progress since taking over the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) three years ago. Among his favorite examples: the welding program at Randolph High, which just graduated its first cohort.

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Would CTE fit your needs? Here’s what you should know


Dale Mezzacappa

Is CTE a good idea for me?

CTE, or career and technical education, used to be called vocational education. Programs available now are varied and designed to prepare students for jobs in today’s economy. In addition to traditional, but still in-demand trades, such as plumbing, welding, and auto repair, CTE programs now include such fields as health-related technologies, computer systems networking, game design, and culinary arts.

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41 programs to choose from – and where to find them

In the School District’s career and technical education (CTE) programs, each of which takes three years, students learn the technical theories, competencies, and skills that are used in business, professional settings, and industry. They also engage in a college preparatory academic curriculum.

CTE graduates are equipped with industry knowledge, credentials, and certifications, but they are also prepared for post-secondary educational opportunities such as colleges, universities, technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.

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Q&A about applying to high schools


 Dale Mezzacappa

I am excited about going to high school. How do I get started?

Talk to the adults in your life, including teachers, counselors, and parents or guardians. Read this guide and the District’s online high school directory to develop a list of schools that align with your interests and goals. Seventh and 8th graders should attend the 2015 Philly High School fair scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at the Convention Center, Broad and Race Streets, and talk to representatives of schools that interest you.

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