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Career & Technical Education (CTE): What Families & Students Need to Know

CTE programs combine high academic standards with career exploration and technical training for high school students. CTE can provide a strong foundation for college and has been shown to lead to higher earnings. CTE is also:

  • Available free of charge, with no cost to attend.
  • Open to all students, including students from immigrant backgrounds, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.

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How to apply or enroll

Learn about different forms that CTE can take and how to apply or enroll.

State-Approved (Chapter 74) CTE Programs

Differences between State-Approved and Local Programs

Seal of Approval

Massachusetts State-Approved CTE programs (also known as Chapter 74 Programs) provide comprehensive training designed to qualify you for entry level employment in a competitive field. State-Approved programs are available in the following career fields:

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Employment and Earnings

All State-Approved CTE programs represent in-demand and growing industries. While individual earnings may vary, the following resources offer a glimpse into the earning potential of different career fields.

Last Updated: January 20, 2023

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