CTE Pathways - CTE Pathways are maps that show rigorous programs of study to assure strong academic and technical preparation providing students with critical learning and hands-on skills. Students who focus on a Pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well-paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.

Articulation Agreements - An articulation agreement is an agreement between the high school and a college, university, or technical school that allows high school elective coursework to be accepted for credit, within a specific college major at a specific institution. Students enrolling in high school courses that have been defined by articulation agreements, will have a head start on completing a post-secondary degree. 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) -  Is a vast number of classes and programs that teaches you the high demand skills needed to get a job, to cross-train for different positions, or retrain for a new career.

Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent Enrollment courses are typically college courses taught on high school campuses. Concurrent enrollment credit courses are fully transferable to public colleges and universities in Utah and are generally transferable to other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students who participate in concurrent enrollment are more likely to enter and persist in post-secondary education programs. Concurrent enrollment saves time and money, promoting efficiency of learning (reduced repetition in grades 11-14), enhancing admission to and retention in college, and increasing the likelihood of timely graduation from college.

Career - A course of events that constitute a life.

Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) - An organization for individuals enrolled in a Career & Technical Education programs that engages in leadership activities as an integral part of the instructional program.

Career Awareness - Developing an inventory of one’s knowledge, values & preferences.

Career Clusters -  there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

Career decision making - The process of choice, entry and adjustment related to one’s career.

Elective courses - Courses that students can choose to take; individual courses not specifically required for graduation.

Industry - A collection of employers grouped according to product, service or process.

Job - A position with specific duties and responsibilities in a particular workplace.

Nontraditional career - An occupation in which women or men comprise 25% or less of its total employment.

Occupation - A group of jobs with common characteristics that require similar skills but are found in a variety of industries and organizations.

Pathway courses - CTE courses suggested to augment the regular high school program of study for students interested in a specific career major or occupational area. 

Post-secondary education - Education beyond high school; generally thought of in terms of college or university attendance, but can include any training beyond high school such as certificate or licensure programs or apprenticeships.

Skill - An attribute required of a worker in order to complete a specific work task.

Skill certificate - Utah’s skill certificate program provides students with an opportunity to receive instruction aligned with standards and objectives set by the state of Utah and industry.  Students receive a skill certificate verifying achievement.

Work-Based Learning - Work based learning refers to educational experiences that occur in cooperation with business/industry and other community partners. Examples include apprenticeships, career fairs, clinical work experiences, job shadows, school – based enterprises, and student internships.

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