Career and Technical Education courses help students learn the technical applications of many occupations while they prepare for higher education or entry-level employment. Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in Arlington County Public Schools (APS) are made up of these program areas:
- Business and Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Education & Training
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Health and Medical Sciences
- Technology Education/Engineering
- Trade and Industrial Programs
Core courses are available at each middle and high school. Credits earned in CTE courses satisfy the Fine and Practical Arts requirement for graduation.Additional courses are available through the Arlington Career Center, an integral part of each Arlington high school. Its purpose is to provide educational experiences in the areas of occupational exploration, career preparation, and enrichment to those students desiring to benefit from a hands-on learning style. Career Center faculty assist students in job placement upon successful completion of their program. Students attending the Career Center must allow an extra period for travel time.
CTE courses are open to all students, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, or location of the offering. Computer keyboarding is introduced by regular classroom teachers at all elementary schools. The award-winning “Investigation Station” program at Arlington Science Focus School emphasizes children’s engineering and the design brief process as students engage in hands-on, minds-on learning experiences.Middle schools offer students the opportunity to experience Career and Technical Education courses that will help them explore new interests and discover new worlds.
Students have many choices beyond high school: college, immediate employment, attend school part-time and work part-time, the military, or training programs. Deciding what direction to pursue after high school involves knowing themselves and understanding their interests, talents, and abilities. Frequently, career options are unfamiliar territory for students considering life after high school. APS counselors and CTE teachers have information and resources to help students identify their career interests and help set them on the right education and training path to their chosen occupation or career.