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Career & Technical Education


The purpose of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Vance County Schools is to prepare students for graduation by providing them with  career exploration opportunities, developing student work-force ready skills and enhancing learning experiences. Our priority is ensuring students are ready for the next step after graduation, that leads to gainful employment for living wage careers. CTE programs offer a range of vocational and technical training opportunities that go beyond traditional academic subjects, equipping students with practical skills and real-world experiences. CTE in Vance County Schools is working to bridge the gap between education and employment.

Elementary students are made aware of what a career is and are exposed to many careers along our 2 pathways through field trips, career fairs, guest speakers and CFI sponsored events.

Middle School students explore our 2 pathways via their middle school electives. Learners will also engage in careers along the opposite pathway from their school through S.L.I.C.E. Labs (Simulated Labs for Interactive Career Exploration) and innovation fairs, as well as Paxton Patterson Labs.

High School students engage in career preparation which includes students concentrating on high school career pathways where they can earn industry credentials and essential employability skills. By high school, students have had many unique, hands-on enhanced learning experiences through classes, mobile exploration units, S.L.I.C.E. Labs, counseling, and mentorship.