Career and Technical Education (CTE)

What is CTE?

Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Rhode Island is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. Rhode Islanders can access CTE through over 200 programs housed at career and technical education centers and high schools across the state.

To learn more, visit RIDE's CTE website


CTE improvements under Prepare ri

CTE is a core part of advancing PrepareRI's goal of improving youth career readiness. With that in mind, CTE will be improved in a number of ways under PrepareRI:

  • Aligning to high-skill, high-demand industries

    • PrepareRI aims to align all career education with high-skill, high-demand industries, so that students will be prepared for long-lasting and high-paying jobs. The Governor's Workforce Board determines these high-skill, high-demand industries.

    • RIDE is also working to better measure student outcomes from CTE programs, and share this data with stakeholders. In March 2018, Researchers from Harvard Kennedy School provided RIDE with a CTE accountability report with their recommendations.

  • Updating standards

    • The CTE Board of Trustees released updated standards for CTE programs in July 2017. (Read the full CTE Board standards or the CTE Board standards summary.) These new standards emphasize that all CTE programs should culminate in an industry-recognized credential.

  • Improving CTE funding

  • Increasing CTE teacher training

    • RIDE is partnering with Roger Williams University to create a new CTE teacher certification program in Rhode Island.

    • PrepareRI has begun hosting semiannual PrepareRI Summits, which include professional development for CTE teachers.