• Career and Technology Education
    Director: John Grice     733-0151
    Career Development Coordinator:  Amy Smith
    Special Populations Coordinator:   Dewayne Krege
    Helping students develop skills for a lifetime!
    "CTE: Building Blocks for a Successful Career"
    Department of Public Instruction Link for Teachers, Parents, Students
    Avery County Schools' Career-Technical Education programs are designed to provide students with seamless transitions to postsecondary opportunities in education and prepare students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce.

    CTE's mission is to empower students for effective participation in an international economy as world-class workers and citizens.

    Career-Technical Education programs:
    1. Prepare students for further vocational, technical, and lifelong learning.
    2. Prepare students for initial and continued employment.
    3. Assist students in making educational and career decisions.
    4. Apply and reinforcing related learning from other disciplines.
    5. Assist students in developing decision-making, communications, problem-solving, leadership and citizenship skills.
    6. Prepare students to make informed consumer decisions and apply practical life skills.
    7. Make appropriate provisions for students with special needs to succeed.

    Click here to explore information about different occupations, salary ranges, and post-secondary options.
    This site links to resources available for information regarding jobs, education, and salary information.

    For students to be prepared for the workforce and post-secondary training, well planned high school course selections are essential. To help meet this goal, each student should develop a 4 year graduation plan.

    The development and implementation of a graduation plan will provide an educational focus and prepare each student for his/her post-secondary aspirations.

    Graduation plans are revisited annually and modified as needed.

    The graduation plan begins with selection of a Course of Study and a Career Pathway.

    For Students:

    A plan for graduation is designed by you and your parents to make sure that what you learn each day in school is useful in your life. Your pathway will help you put things in focus, giving you a better idea of what's out there in the world.

    Do everything you can to focus on your future!

    Study hard and do your best in school.
    Take advantage of job shadowing, work experiences, career fairs, and community speakers.
    Talk to your counselors, career development coordinators, and teachers.

    Career Prep Course of Study Designed for those students who wish to focus on a career pathway, but do not have plans to continue their post-secondary education within a university system.

    College Tech Prep Course of Study Designed for those students who plan to take more academically challenging courses along with advanced technical classes which lead to two years of advanced technical training beyond high school.

    College University Prep Course of Study Designed for students who plan to attend a four-year college or university and meet the requirements set by NC and the University of NC system.


    Within a course of study, a student will select a career pathway designed to meet their academic potential and career interest. Career Pathways are clusters of occupations that require different levels of education and training. Students in the same pathways share interests, abilities and talents.

    *Focus areas are specific to course offerings available at each high school. Four credits in one pathway are required. One of the credits must be a second level course. The high school Career Development Coordinator can provide the course specific areas within his/her school's pathways.

    Link to Career Pathways
    High School to Community College Articulation

    Mayland Community College, in collaboration with Avery County Schools, is offering qualifying juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses during their high school day. These courses earn students both a high school credit and community college credit. Students must meet Mayland Community College entrance requirements and be motivated to complete college level course work. For additional information and details on which courses articulate to the community colleges, contact the school's Career Development Coordinator.

    Work-Based Learning

    Work-based Learning strategies allow schools to go beyond the classroom and into the community to develop student competence. An essential component of any work-based learning is connecting the workplace to school-based learning.

    Ask your CTE teacher and/or your school's Career Development Coordinator, Amy Smith, about the following work-based programs:

    Cooperative Education
    Job Shadowing

    For more information!
    Career and Technical Education Teacher Organization
    This link takes teachers to a national CTE organization for educators.
    NC ACTE Link
    This link takes teachers to the North Carolina CTE organization for educators.
    The National Centers for Career and Technical Education
    The Centers' Partners are committed to providing innovative approaches to improving the practice of career and technical education at the local, state, and national levels leading to improved learner achievement. These partners represent some of this nation's premier providers of career and technical instructor, administrator, and counselor education -- both initial and continuing preparation. The Consortium also draws upon the experience of a high-profile national Advisory Council of leading experts; a number of leading internationally recognized consultants; and a number of collaborating institutions, agencies, and organizations.
    Career and Technical education courses are available to students without
    regard to race, sex, national origin, or handicap.
    Reinventing the American High School and CTE
    CTE's Role In American Competitiveness
    The ACTE Issue Brief "Career and Technical Education's Role in American
    Competitiveness" provides excellent information that could be helpful
    at the Core 21 Curriculum meetings and/or for Marketing CTE purposes.
    CTE Fact Sheet
    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    2008 CTE Public Service Announcement
Last Modified on May 27, 2008