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Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways offer students an opportunity to build on their academic core preparation while receiving career-focused training. Students in CTE pathways apply their academic core learning in a real-world context and therefore closing the "knowing and doing" gap, leading to improved college and career readiness. Students gain this experience through work-based learning opportunities, such as guest speakers, company tours, or internships. The skills gained through CTE pathway participation benefits students transitioning to college and career.

A career pathway sequence consists of two to four industry specific courses and may incorporate core academic courses as well. Each district and school develops pathways based upon local needs.