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Mission and Principles of Maryland CTE Programs

Mission
Career and technology education programs are developed and implemented to increase the academic, career, and technical skills of students in order to prepare them for careers and further education.

Core Principles
In order to fulfill this mission, the following principles guide the development of state-approved CTE programs:

1) CTE programs are developed in conjunction with all relevant stakeholder groups.

Each local school system works closely with a CTE local advisory council (LAC) to continuously improve the local system of career and technology education. more...

2) CTE programs are organized under broad clusters, based on all aspects of an industry, designed to help students make informed decisions regarding career pathways.

Broad career clusters share a common core of knowledge and skills that provide students with an understanding of all aspects of the industry that they are planning to enter.more...

3) Economic market demands, both current and projected, constitute the criteria for identifying value-added opportunities.

Issues of economic development and workforce preparation are considered in order to determine the need for CTE programs.more...

4) CTE programs are developed in response to an identified opportunity to add value to students’ overall educational programs by preparing them for both college and careers.

CTE program developers seek out and provide accurate information about opportunities that add value to a student’s educational program. more...

5) CTE programs are based on the most appropriate, reliable and valid technical and academic standards available.

CTE programs include a coherent set of academic, employability and technical skills, based on national and state standards that provide students moving directly to employment with a value-added competitive advantage.more...

6) CTE programs provide multiple options for students as they prepare for entry into careers and further education.

CTE programs are developed in conjunction with representatives from business, industry, labor organizations and apprenticeship programs, and secondary and postsecondary education.more...

7) CTE programs are measured against student attainment of rigorous academic, employability and technical skills and student success in further education and employment.

CTE students meet state-established academic standards based on Maryland’s high school state curriculum. more...

8) Outcome data for CTE programs are reported and used.

Local school systems and local advisory councils collect and analyze data on student attainment of rigorous academic, employability, and technical skills.more...