Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE)



Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Guilford County Schools empowers students to participate in the international economy as world-class workers and citizens. CTE programs contribute to the broad educational achievement of students including basic skill development and the ability to work independently and as a team member. Students learn to think creatively and use technology in the problem-solving process.

CTE concentrators or College Tech Prep (CTP) completers take four or more CTE courses in a career cluster with at least one at the advanced level. CTP enables high school students to earn college credits and gain work-based learning experiences, which puts them on a career pathway toward postsecondary education and preparation for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations.  Students also have the opportunity to prepare for national certification tests that provide a distinct advantage in a competitive job market.

Career Ready: The successful completion of a sequence of strong technical courses (pathway, now cluster) combined with rigorous academic coursework designed to prepare students for seamless transition into multiple post-secondary options of two and four year degree programs and/or employment.  Career readiness should also include the opportunity for the student to obtain industry recognized credentials along with appropriate guided work-based learning experiences whenever possible.


According to data published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:

  • 95.1 percent of the GCS CTE Concentrators from the class of 2012 graduated within four years of first entering high school.  This was 10.6 percentage points higher than the 84.5 percent graduation rate for all GCS students in 2012.
  • In 2013, 39.6 percent of the GCS high school graduates completed a CTP Course of study.
  • Among CTE concentrators surveyed in the Spring of 2012 (class of 2011) 92.7 percent went on to further education, advanced training or military service after high school graduation.
  • In 2012-2013, the total number of CTE courses taken by students in grades 6-12 was 35,080.
  • In 2012-2013, GCS students earned 4,388 industry standard certifications.
  • In 2012, GCS CTE students completed 1882 courses that earned college credits. To qualify students had an EOC score of 93 or better and a B or better in the articulated courses.
  • In 2012-2013, students enrolled in 1630 Workbased Learning courses (apprenticeships, internships, co-operative edcuation).