Career & Technical Education (CTE)


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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

“CTE does more than simply prepare students for careers, it provides students with an opportunity to develop specific academic, intellectual, technical, and 21st-century skills necessary to be successful in career and in life. In pursuit of ensuring every student in Tennessee achieves this level of success, we begin with rigorous course standards that feed into intentionally designed programs of study. Students engage in industry-relevant content through general education integration and experiences such as career & technical student organizations (CTSO), early postsecondary opportunities (EPSO), work-based learning (WBL) courses, and industry certifications. Through these experiences, students are immersed with industry-standard content and technology, solve industry-based problems, meaningfully interact with industry professionals, and use/produce industry-specific, informational texts. CTE gives students the necessary tools to be successful on the path to postsecondary success.” – TN Department of Education, Vision of Excellent CTE Instruction 2020 

Within the eight high schools across the Clarksville Montgomery County School System, we are proud to offer 34 different CTE Programs of Study.

See the programs offered here (pdf)

For more information about CTE Programs and specific course offerings, please contact your school counselor or the CMCSS Director of CTE at (931) 553-1153.

Community Learning Series

Families can help their students prepare for high school and their future through the Community Learning Series. These five courses will walk through critical information for students to feel comfortable and successful as they move through their academic journey.

Each course takes approximately five minutes to complete.

Graduation Requirements

Learn about the number and types of credits students must earn in order to receive a high school diploma in Tennessee.

Focused Elective Groups

In the Graduation Requirements segment, you learned that a student must earn 22 credits to graduate from high school in the state of TN. Three credits must be in a focused elective group (FEG). Find out what FEGs are available for CMCSS students.

Career and Technical Education and Academies of CMCSS

Students may choose Career and Technical Education (CTE) as their Focused Elective Group (FEG). In CMCSS, students have the choice between traditional CTE FEGs and applying to an Academy. Learn the similarities and differences of these two types of career and technical education pathways in this lesson. 

What are Ready Graduate Indicators?

The vision of CMCSS schools is that all students graduate college and career ready. But how will we know if students are “ready” when they cross the stage at graduation?

Know Your Numbers

There are a lot of numbers that will factor into your child’s high school experience and the type of diploma he or she will receive. These numbers will also influence a student’s options for post-secondary enrollment and job attainment after high school.

Career and Technical Education

Learning that Works

For High School Students

More than 70% of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education after high school.

For College Students and Adults

A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a humanities associate degree.

For the Economy

In Tennessee, CTE returns $2 for every $1 invested. At the secondary level, the CTE program graduates account for more than $13 million in annual tax revenues.

For Business 

Skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the US, with 806,000 jobs open to the trade, transportation, and utilities, and 293,000 open in manufacturing.