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CTE Delivers Real Skills, Options

Career and Technical Education, or CTE, gives you the chance to explore careers, learn new skills, gain hands-on experience, and, in some cases, earn college credits while you're still in high school. CTE classes can begin as early as middle school, so look for opportunities that start as early as sixth grade.

Another form of CTE, aimed at adults, is Professional Technical Education offered through the state's community and technical colleges.

Make connections with employers

CTE can also give you a leg up with local employers who may serve as mentors, or offer internships and job shadows, so you gain real-world work experience.

Take the career quiz

A good first step is to take the Career Bridge career quiz. Quiz results are sorted into Career Clusters, and shows related occupations. This helps you focus on education and careers that make sense for you!

 If you're ready to dive into a career and learn targeted hands-on skills for several hours each day, check out Washington's Skill Centers. Find a Skills Center that serves your area high school.

Videos showcase value of CTE

The state's Workforce Board is in the process of collecting videos created by students that demonstrate the value of CTE. They're coming soon to a screen near you!

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