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Career and Technical Education

At the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), we help train a qualified workforce for today’s competitive job market. Our research-based programs meet national and/or accreditation standards. They also constantly evolve in response to changing workforce needs. Because Career and Technical Education is critical to our state's economic development, we often partner with local business leaders and legislators to achieve common goals.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses help students develop marketable job skills and earn national industry certifications needed to achieve their occupational goals.

In Mississippi, CTE courses are widely available. At more than 500 schools and 15 community and junior colleges, CTE instruction is offered in 49 distinct occupational areas. Students may enroll in CTE programs in secondary, postsecondary or short-term adult sessions, as well as through industry training or business and industry partnerships.

Program Areas

CTE programs help students develop the skills they need to achieve their occupational goals.  CTE can help students prepare for a broad range of careers. These courses provide a meaningful framework of practical instruction that helps bridge the gap between education and an authentic career experience.  After completing CTE coursework, students have the opportunity to earn national industry certifications.

Career and College Readiness

This school-to-careers transition program crosses all disciplines to help students prepare for the working world. It combines rigorous academics with technical training toward a variety of credentials.


Research and Curriculum Unit/Mississippi State University/Connections Magazine