Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides several avenues for students to explore what awaits them after high school. Through the numerous CTE programs in Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), students have multiple opportunities to earn college credit, industry-recognized credentials, and participate in internships, pre-apprenticeships and other work-based learning activities.
CTE Pathways exist in nearly all CPS high schools. Through the high school of choice lottery system, students can choose from more than 20 pathways in which to enroll.
Benefits of CTE
- Participating in CTE programs provides students many benefits including:
- High graduation rates
- Clears paths to a chosen career
- Better student engagement
- Opportunities to earn college credit and industry-recognized credentials in every pathway
- Enhanced learning based on work experience and real-world applications
CTE Career Pathways — students can earn numerous Industry Credentials in high school within the pathways:
- Agricultural and Environmental Systems
- Arts and Communication
- Construction Technology
- Engineering and Science Technologies
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Technology
- Law and Public Safety
Find more career exploration and related activities here.
The table below contains where our pathways are located.
A complete description of high schools, as well as additional information about CTE, can be found in the Cincinnati Public Schools High School Guide.
Career and Technical Education Experiences
Beyond the Tassel Series
The Beyond the Tassel speaker series was created as an opportunity to connect with students and families around critical topics associated with college and career attainment. The series is streamed online via Facebook live. Students and families get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of area experts in the college and career space. Stay tuned for 2022-2023 scheduled dates.
Internships and Pre-apprenticeships
Several career areas include opportunities for internships and pre-apprenticeships, which equip students with real-life applications to what is being learned in the classroom. Internships offer paid experiences for students, which can lead to employment after graduation. Pre-apprenticeships offer students classroom learning in conjunction with work-based learning opportunities. Upon completion of a pre-apprenticeship, students complete valuable pathways towards graduation, including earning a 12-point industry recognized credential.
An industry-recognized credential is a verification of a person’s qualifications. These credentials are developed in partnership with employers and are fully recognized by the business community.
Earning an industry credential gives students experience and deeper learning based on practicing and applying their knowledge in work and employment settings. Students learn about workplace expectations and career pathways that lead to successful careers.
Industry-recognized credentials for CPS students include, but are not limited to, the following:
- American Welding Society Certified Welder
- Certified Phlebotomy Technician
- Child Development Associate
- CPR/First Aid
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Microsoft Office Specialist
- National Center for Construction Education and Research
- National Restaurant Association ServSafe
- State Tested Nursing Assistant
- Patient Care Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
- Physical Therapy Aide