Community College and Workforce Development

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) is an education model linking high schools and community colleges to labor market demand and provides students of all ages with the technical, academic and job skills needed for success.

The HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) works in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education to coordinate the postsecondary education component of career and technical education program supported by the US Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins).

What is Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) encompasses a broad range of technical and academic instruction at Oregon’s community colleges that prepares student for the workplace, further education, training and family and community roles. At this level, students may earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and/or a Certificate of Completion. The HECC-CCWD provides leadership for community colleges on CTE programming.

Postsecondary CTE Programs of Study provide for alignment and articulation with high school instruction and integrate technical career skill proficiencies with academic content.

CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and to choose the education pathway that can lead to success in high school, college, and their chosen career. These clusters include:

CTE helps Oregonians gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience needed to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers.​