Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a smart choice for a student who knows what they want to do and wants to get a head start on their career, or wants to explore their career interests now, and not wait until they start college.
Career and Technical Education is available in 30 high school Centers across the state. Each high school in New Hampshire has an agreement with a Center to accept its students.
There is no cost to the student or to their family to enroll in a Career and Technical Education program. On average, a two-year CTE program costs approximately $8,000 more than standard high school tuition. This is paid by the state and/or the student’s home school district.
Career and Technical Education students are enrolled in both their home high school and at the Technical Education Center. They must meet all of their high school’s requirements for graduation. Because they are highly motivated, CTE student graduation rate is high.
Although many will take jobs directly after graduation, the majority of Career and Technical Education students in New Hampshire enroll in either a two-year or four-year college program related to their field of interest.
Career and Technical Education has evolved since most students’ parents were in high school. Training for traditional blue-collar jobs like construction, automotive technology, plumbing, electrical or welding is still offered. Program options have expanded, however, to white-collar jobs like graphic design, health professions, accounting, business, child development and information technology. See your Center’s course catalog for details.