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Career and Technical Education

About Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) oversees Career and Technical Education for all students in Colorado.

CCCS and CDE collaborate regularly on this important work to increase the postsecondary and workforce readiness of all Colorado students.

For much more information about CTE programming in Colorado, please see the official CTE website.


Overall Goals and Outcomes of CTE

To provide quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment and better prepare students, including special populations to meet challenges of the workforce, economic development, and emerging occupations.


CTE Program Types

Colorado CTE programs are divided into six industry sectors:

1. Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy

2. STEM, Arts, Design & Information Technology

3. Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences

4. Health Science, Criminal Justice & Public Safety

5. Hospitality, Human Services & Education

6. Business, Marketing & Public Administration

More than 5,000 community and business leaders serve on advisory committees and councils supporting CTE programs.


Career and Technical Student Organizations

CTSOs help students build leadership skills, promote positive work values, and reinforce the CTE curriculum. Nine CTE student organizations include: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, (SC)2, SkillsUSA, and TSA. In 2017-2018, more than 32,000 students participated in CTE student organizations as state affiliated members.


Colorado Career Clusters

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  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Energy
  • Management & Administration
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Education & Training

Read more about career clusters

  • Health Sciences
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • STEM
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness


CTE Facts – 17/18 Academic Year

Individual Students Enrolled in CTE Programs

Postsecondary..................34,535

High School......................106,720

Middle School...................29,741


Colorado Community College System (2019), Colorado Career and Technical Education. Retrieved from http://coloradostateplan.com/