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[CTE Month] 10 CTE Courses Your School Should Offer

[CTE Month] 10 CTE Courses Your School Should Offer

It's no secret that career and technical education (CTE) courses in schools can help students prepare for a variety of skill-based jobs and give them an opportunity to explore potential career paths. CTE-focused careers are more in demand than ever, and many schools are working on developing programs that will prepare their students for career success.

CTE courses are an easy and cost-effective way to expose your students to the many opportunities available within a variety of fields and industries. Here are 10 Edmentum CTE courses your school should offer: 

1. Sports and Entertainment Marketing

This course is designed to enable all students at the high school level to develop skills they will need to be successful in sports, entertainment, and recreational marketing professions. Students learn about the structure of a business firm and financial statements. Students also learn about the basics of sports, entertainment, and recreation marketing. At length, students explore essential career skills, such as teamwork and time management.

2. Hospitality & Tourism 1: Traveling the Globe

The hospitality and tourism industry offers a dynamic career path that will pique the interest of many students. This course emphasizes learning the practical aspects of the industry and developing critical-thinking skills that lead to real-world solutions.

3. Certified Nurse Aide A/B

This course is designed to enable students to learn the key skills and information that they need to work as certified nurse assistants/aides. The course will help students develop an understanding of the human body, physical and nutritional needs, mental health needs, and it will teach them to provide culturally competent and quality care to clients in a safe and healthy environment. The course is based on the NNAAP exam syllabus and is designed to prepare students to take the exam and become certified nurse assistants/aides.

4. Animation 1a: Introduction

Have you ever watched a cartoon or played a video game where the animation of characters captivated you so much you wanted to create your own? If so, it’s time to immerse yourself in the world of animation. Meet the industry players such as directors, animators, and 3D modelers. Develop your story by exploring design, the 12 principles of animation, creating a storyboard, and leveraging the tools of the trade. Let’s bring your story to life with animation!

5. Robotics I A/B

This two-semester course is focused on the concepts related to robots, the construction of a robot, job opportunities and employability skills in the field of robotics, construction safety procedures, project management, and the basic concepts of six simple machines. It also covers the applicability to robotics of electricity, electronic circuits, Boolean algebra, and magnetics.

6. Digital Photography 1a: Introduction

Have you wondered how professional photographers manage to capture that perfect image? Gain a better understanding of photography by exploring camera functions and the elements of composition while putting theory into practice by taking your own spectacular shots! Learn how to display your work for exhibitions and develop skills important for a career as a photographer.

7. Principles of Architecture and Construction A/B

This interactive course empowers students with the knowledge to appreciate and evaluate career opportunities in architecture and construction. With an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills, this one-semester course includes a variety of activities as students learn about structures and loads, materials and costs, urban design, and other aspects of these fascinating career opportunities. This easy-to-manage course will help build a solid foundation for their career options.

8. Coding 1a: Introduction to Programming

In Coding 1a: Introduction to Programming, you will explore the role technology plays in our lives as well as study the fundamentals of computer science, review hardware and software, and learn how the internet functions. You will also discover how to create and build your own website using HTML and CSS and learn basic and complex commands and sequences as you become familiar with programming languages like JavaScript and Python Programming. This course also covers data collection methods, access rights, protocols, and security.

9. Public Speaking 1a: Introduction

Do you strive to gain more confidence when speaking in front of people? Learn techniques from famous speakers throughout history while learning what it takes to make a great speech. Develop skills that will serve you well throughout your career and personal life.

10. Entrepreneurship 1a: Introduction

Starting a business is more than just having a good idea. Successful entrepreneurs know how to use and apply fundamental business concepts to turn their ideas into thriving businesses. Explore topics such as identifying the best business structure, business functions and operations, finance, business laws, regulations, and more! If you have ever dreamed of making a business idea a reality, take the time to establish a solid foundation of business skills to make your business dreams come true!

Looking to expand CTE course offerings at your school? Check out Edmentum’s full CTE course catalog to browse all of your options (including fully virtual courses taught by our highly qualified online teachers available through EdOptions Academy and introductory courses appropriate for middle school students!).

This post was originally published February 2019 by Brita Hammer and has been updated.