Career and Technical Education Programs of Study
- Career and Technical Education Programs of Study
Each Career Cluster is divided into a Program of Study that includes four levels of courses that build on each other as the student progresses throughout high school. Each level of courses provides a rigorous, industry-aligned deep dive into the specifics of that career.
For example, Career Cluster Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources can be broken down into the Veterinary and Animal Science program of study. If a student chooses this Program of study they will take the following classes:
Level 1: Agriscience/ Honors Agriscience
Level 2: Small Animal Science
Level 3: Large Animal Science
Level 4: Veterinary Science and/or Veterinary Clinical Internship
A student must earn two or more credits within a Program of Study to be considered a CTE Concentrator. A third course within the same Career Cluster meets the graduation requirement for an elective focus.
Early Post-Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs)
Early Post-Secondary Opportunities include industry certification tests, Dual Enrollment/Credit courses, or challenge exams that give students the opportunity to earn credit in both postsecondary and career fields. Industry certification tests such as OSHA-10, are aligned to courses to help promote student readiness to enter the workforce or attend a postsecondary institution. Dual Enrollment/Credit courses allow students to earn postsecondary credit at community colleges, technical colleges, or universities through class enrollment or challenge exams given at the conclusion of the course. EPSOs allow students to become familiar with postsecondary rigor, save time and money in progression to obtain postsecondary credentials, and make decisions regarding their career choice. CTE offers many EPSOs to ensure all students have the opportunity to be equipped to be college and career ready. Each Program of Study will have EPSOs list to the right of each course.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) play a vital role in developing students both in and outside the classroom. These organizations offer competitive events, leadership training, and additional instruction opportunities for students to improve their learning in a particular career cluster. CTSOs help improve the quality of each of our career clusters and we highly encourage that your student participates to receive the maximum quality each cluster has to offer. Each cluster is accompanied by one or more CTSOs. To learn more visit the Career and Technical Student Organizational page.
Graduation Requirement Course Substitutions
Several Career and Technical Education courses have been added this year after the Department’s CTE and Standards and Materials teams reviewed all CTE courses to determine which ones had sufficiently rigorous content to count toward one of the required courses (for example, had strong science content and therefore could count toward the third lab science). This will allow students greater flexibility in taking rigorous courses aligned to their career interests.
- Fourth Year Math CTE Substitutions
- Principles of Agribusiness
- Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering
- AP Computer Science Principles
- Third Year Lab Science CTE Substitutions
- SDC: Introduction to Plant Science
- Nutrition Science & Diet Therapy
- Engineering Design I
- Engineering Design II
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Environmental Science
- Dual Enrollment Human Anatomy & Physiology I
- Dual Enrollment Human Anatomy & Physiology II
- Veterinary Science
- Food Science & Safety
- Natural Resources Management
- Advanced Food Science
- Plant and Soil Science
- BioSTEM I
- BioSTEM II
- BioSTEM III
- Economics CTE Substitutions
- Agricultural Business & Finance
- Business Economics
- Marketing & Management I
- Retail Operations
- Virtual Enterprise International
- Fine Arts CTE Substitutions
- Landscaping & Turf Science
- Digital Arts & Design I
- Foundations of Fashion Design
- Foundations of Interior Design
- Web Design Foundations
- Personal Finance Graduation Requirement can be obtained in Agriculture Business & Finance if the teacher has obtained Personal Finance Teaching Certification
- Career Clusters per High School
Each career cluster below is linked to programs of study and courses offered at each high school.
Green Hill High School
Lebanon High School
Mount Juliet High School
Watertown High School
Wilson Central High School
General Work-Based Learning CTE Courses
- Work-Based Learning Courses allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a paid or unpaid setting during the school day. This can be both on or off-campus. Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students real-world application experience before entering the workforce or post-secondary training.
- C25H16 Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (WBL) CTE Program of Study Focused
- 1 credit, up to 2 credits per year, open to grades 11 & 12
- Admission into this class is by application only. A student must have a 90% attendance rate for the semester immediately preceding enrollment in this class. Their place of employment must correlate to their chosen Elective Focus and a significant portion of the hours worked must be during the normal school day.
Students must be enrolled in a CTE that is related to their job. Students must maintain school attendance of a minimum of 90%, passing grades in all courses, and be able to legally drive to the job site. This course allows students to leave the school campus daily to gain real-world occupational experience.
- C25H15 Successful Skills Through Service Learning (WBL) General WBL
- 1 credit, open to grades 11 & 12
- A program, which combines volunteer service and classroom instruction and provides a comprehensive approach. Focuses on ethical, social and intellectual skill development of students; development of positive values such as trustworthiness and responsibility; commitment to a task and those involved in the task; collaboration; team-building, punctuality, and respect for the quality of work done while serving the community.
- Career and Technical Education Programs of Study