Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with opportunities to explore careers, engage in internships, network with industry leaders, and gain marketable skills while still in High School.
The Saint Patrick High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department, newly implemented in the 2023-2024 school year, puts forth a bold vision for a cohesive, flexible, and responsive career preparation ecosystem that will close equity gaps in educational outcomes and workforce readiness, and leverage CTE as a catalyst for ensuring each learner can reach success in the career of their choice.
Developed with input from nearly 200 national, state and local education and workforce development leaders and supported by 42 national organizations, CTE lays out five inter-connected and equally critical principles:
Each learner engages in a cohesive, flexible, and responsive career preparation ecosystem
Each learner feels welcome in, is supported by, and has the means to succeed in the career preparation ecosystem
Each learner skillfully navigates their own career journey
Each learner’s skills are counted, valued, and portable
Each learner can access CTE without borders
The goal is to prepare our young men for whatever they strive to do when they leave our building, whether that be an advanced engineering pathway at Purdue University or the trades. They will be prepared for both.