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Start with Your Imagination – Grow the Skills You Need

You are entering a highly competitive workforce based on a global knowledge and information economy. To be career and college ready, you need to be able to integrate and apply 21st century skills, technical knowledge and skills, and core academic knowledge. With an emphasis on real world, real life skills, Career and Technical Education – Washington connects you to academics and training that will help you be successful in the future. Our goal is that every Washington public school student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century. No matter what your dream, you can pursue it through CTE.

Check out the hundreds of career options available to you on our Career Clusters pages.

Check out Apprenticeship Options and learn about how you can prepare for apprenticeships that let you learn while you earn in an academically rich, rigorous work environment.

Each year, thousands of CTE students graduate from high school with career goals, job skills and leadership skills knowing exactly where they will go next to further their academic and hands-on education and training. Find your passion and become one of those students! Learn more at Preparing for Your Future.

CTE is at the front of innovation in education in Washington. There is nothing more exciting than seeing students engaged in studies that push them to their limits and spark their imaginations. It is our state’s responsibility to prepare all students for success in career, college and life. CTE programs in Washington are aligned with rigorous industry and academic standards. Teachers participate in meaningful professional development on curricula and instruction, standards and assessment, and academic integration. Program partnerships and advisories communicate this vision with business and industry partners. Such programs meet the demands of the new economy.

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What's New

2018 NAAE Award Winners Announcement
August 1, 2018

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Toolkit
June 1, 2018

CTE Statewide Approved Course Equivalencies
Approved May 10, 2018

CTE Course Approval/Re-Approval Schedules and Re-Approval Guidelines

Helpful Hints for Completing the NEW Perkins 5-Year Application Plan for 2017-18

CTE Statewide Course Equivalencies Updated June 2017

Viticulture Framework

Agricultural Power and Technology Framework

Superintendent Dorn's Press Release on English Course Equivalency, Updated 6/28/16

OSPI Student Extended Leadership Companion Updated August 2016

Steps for Identifying a Program of Study in Preparation for Approval and Program of Study Assurances (PDF) Updated 9/2016


   Updated 11/16/2018

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