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PARENT QUESTIONS

Who can enroll in CTE/eligibility?

Any student wishing to enroll in CTE courses are able to contingent on the course options that fit into their schedule.

Is this an appropriate pathway if my student is going to a 2 or4 year school?

Yes! If your student is planning to go to a 2 or 4 year college/university they can still choose to complete a pathway that aligns to their desired major.

Where are the CTE courses?

The CTE courses and course sequence for each pathway can be found on the specific pathway’s page. Explore pathways here.

Can my child change their pathway?

We encourage students to explore pathways during their middle school experience and their 9th grade year. However, if the pathway is not the right fit for your child speak with the pathway Development Coordinator or School Counselor.

Who is the school level contact for more info?

Pathway Development Coordinator Career Development Coordinator School Counselor.

What does CTE look like in Middle School?

Currently there are a variety of CTE elective courses offered at the middle school level. These courses range from introductory CTE courses to Project Lead the Way course.

What is a CTE concentrator?

A CTE Concentrator is a student that has completed four or more courses within a pathway course cluster, one being a completor course.

What is WorkKeys and why is it important to my student?

WorkKeys is an assessment that measures foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Seniors that are CTE Concentrators are administered this test, free of charge, at their high school in the second semester. Based on your child’s results, their level of achievement can be placed on their resume and shared with their employer. Please visit www.act.org for more information.

How does my child get into a pathway?

Your child gets into a pathway by taking the Level 1 course and then expressing their interest during the time of registration.

STUDENT QUESTIONS

What is the preparation path/training – what do I need to do before taking a pathway?

Middle school students – take a CTE/PLTW course as an elective at your school High school students – take Level 1 courses as a Freshman within different pathways; speak with your Pathway Development Coordinator, CTE teacher and/or School Counselor to determine which pathway would be right for you.

How will I know if a pathway suits me?

You will know that a pathway suits you if it is aligned with your future career goals and/or if you enjoy the pathway courses.

What’s next/how do I get started?

Explore our page! Pay close attention to the schools that offer the pathway that you are interested in to ensure they are in your feeder pattern.

What if the pathway I want is not at my school?

If the pathway that you desire is not at your school and falls at a magnet school within your zone, you can apply for the School Choice Lottery.

Can I take CTE if I am an IB student?

Yes! However, work with your School Counselor to understand the course load and to ensure your schedule is suited for your participation in a pathway.

What are the WBL/Internships available?

Work-Based Learning opportunities can be explored with your Career Development Coordinator at your high school. There are a variety of work-based learning and internships also through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program.

What companies/industries require a certification?

Various companies/industries acknowledge the certifications that are aligned in select courses. Please visit a pathway’s page to view what is available.