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Workforce Connections: Career and Technical Education

Career Clusters

Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are available to students in grades 6 through 12. These courses allow middle school and high school students to explore career education options as they prepare for postsecondary education and careers. Career and Technical Education courses are available in a wide variety of career clusters as listed on the following chart.

Middle and High School CTE Career Clusters
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Hospitality and Tourism
Architecture and Construction Human Services
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication Information Technology
Business Management and Administration Law, Public Safety, and Security
Education and Training Manufacturing
Engineering and Technology Education Marketing, Sales, and Services
Finance Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Health Science

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Career-Themed Courses and Industry Certifications

Career-themed courses prepare students for industry certification and/or further education. Industry certifications are nationally recognized credentials that students earn through a certification exam, which is an assessment of standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies by an independent third-party certifying entity. Students with an industry certification are employable within the industry.

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CTE Course Substitutions

State authorized courses may waive or substitute for high school credit course requirements, as follows.

  1. Students who take a career-themed course and earn an industry certification, for which there is a current statewide college credit articulation agreement, may substitute for up to two mathematics and one equally rigorous science credit, with the exception of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1. One substitution per industry certification is allowed with a maximum of three substitution credits. The substitution does not factor in the student’s cumulative unweighted, state grade point average. (F.S.1003.4282)
  2. Students who earn a state-approved computer science credit and pass the related industry certification may substitute up to one mathematics credit and up to one equally rigorous science credit, with the exception of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1. The substitution does not factor in the student’s cumulative unweighted, state grade point average and may not be used to substitute for both a mathematics and a science credit. Refer to the FLDOE.org for an up-to-date list of approved courses and industry certifications. (F.S.1007.2616, F.S.1003.4282)
  3. Students with disabilities may substitute eligible CTE courses containing content related to the course for which it is substituting, for both core access and non-access courses. Course substitutions may apply for one credit in English IV, mathematics, science, and their access equivalent course, with the exception of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology 1. (Rule 6A-1.09963, F.A.C)
  4. CTE courses identified in the State Course Code Directory may satisfy the practical arts graduation requirement.
  5. CTE courses identified in the State Course Code Directory may satisfy an equally rigorous science course graduation requirement, with the exception of Biology 1.
  6. Students may satisfy and waive the online course requirement by earning a nationally recognized state-approved industry certification in information technology.
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CTE Concentrators

A student who completes a series of three CTE high school credit courses within a career cluster is classified as a concentrator, which is documented on the student’s high school transcript.

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Occupational Completion Points

An occupation completion point indicates a level of competency mastery that qualify a person to enter an occupation linked to a CTE program. Students completing a secondary occupational completion point are eligible to enter the postsecondary technical college at the next occupational completion point level, within the corresponding program of study.

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Career Dual Enrollment

Students in grades 9 through 12 may earn high school credit and postsecondary, technical college credit through career dual enrollment courses. Course enrollment includes tuition, registration and instructional materials at no cost to students. Refer to the High School, Dual Enrollment section for additional information.

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Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

Students enrolled in CTE programs are encouraged to participate in CTSOs, which are aligned to career clusters and serve to extend learning through authentic, real-world applications to include co-curricular activities and competitions at the school, regional, state, and national levels. CTSOs engage students in community service, leadership and networking and may offer internships and/or scholarship opportunities.

  • DECA (Finance, Marketing & Hospitality Education)
  • Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • FFA (Agribusiness Education)
  • Florida Public Service Association (FPSA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Future Educators Association (FEA)
  • HOSA (Health Science Education)
  • SkillsUSA (Industrial and Cosmetology Education)
  • Technology Student Association (TSA)
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