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Career and Technical Education

Career Technical Education LogoCareer 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 Pathways

CTE Career Pathways — students can earn numerous Industry Credentials in high school within the pathways:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Systems
  • Arts and Communication
  • Business
  • Construction Technology
  • Education
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Health Science 
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Manufacturing 

Find more career exploration and related activities here.

This table contains where our pathways are located.

Career Areas

Participating Schools and Pathways

Agriculture and Environmental Systems

Aiken High School — Agribusiness and Production Systems

Clark Montessori High School — Horticulture

Gamble Montessori High School — Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Hughes STEM High School — Animal Science

Arts and Communication

Oyler School — Media Arts

SCPA — Media Arts

SCPA — Performing Arts

SCPA— Visual Design and Imaging


Withrow University High School — Business

Construction Technologies

Woodward Career Technical High School — Construction


Aiken High School — Early Childhood Education

Aiken High School— Teaching Professions

Engineering and Science Technologies

Aiken High School — Engineering

Hughes STEM High School — Engineering

Woodward Career Technical High School — Engineering

Health Science

Hughes STEM High School — Medical Bioscience

Riverview East Academy — Allied Health and Nursing

Shroder High School — Pharmacy Tech (Senior Only)

Woodward Career Technical High School — Medical Bioscience

Hospitality and Tourism

Dater High School — Culinary

Information Technology

Hughes STEM High School — Programming and Software Development

Taft IT High School — Cybersecurity

Taft IT High School — Interactive Media

Taft IT High School — Information Support and Services


Woodward Career Technical High School — Manufacturing

Law and Public Safety 

Western Hills University High School — Firefighting and EMS

Western Hills University High School — EMT (Senior Only)

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. 

Find 2021-22 Beyond the Tassel 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.

Industry-recognized Credentials

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
  • Pre-apprenticeships 

Learn more about the industry-recognized credentials approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

CTE Staff

To learn more about the CTE opportunities in CPS, please contact the following CTE staff members.

CTE Staff
Michael TurnerMichael Turner
CTE Manager
Carmen GainesCarmen Gaines
CTE Pathway Specialist

Rick PridemoreRick Pridemore
CTE Instructional Coach

Sue KeesSue Kees
CTE Senior Support Specialist


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