Career and Technical Education (CTE)



Career and Technical Education serves students in grades 7-12 through state-approved course offerings leading to career concentrations, work-based learning opportunities, and/or industry credentials. Whether planning to attend a four-year university, a technical college or being prepared to enter the workplace, CTE courses and pathways can help students graduate college and career ready.

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Welcome from the CTE Director

It is my privilege to provide leadership for our district’s CTE programs in support of awesome schools, teachers, students, and many other stakeholders who believe in the value of pursuing technical fields.

South Carolina is positioned to strengthen the alignment of high-quality education and workforce development programs that prepare our future job seekers for high-demand, high wage careers. The new Perkins V legislation is re-branding CTE across the state (#FUTUREREADYCTE) starting with a name change from CATE to Career & Technical Education (CTE).

Linking learning to career pathways helps with our students’ options and can be for all students in grades 6-12.  In Beaufort County, we offer STEM and Career Awareness courses in the middle grades and TECHNICAL CAREER PATHWAYS at each of our high schools and at the career center. CTE prepares students for a successful transition to college and the workforce and are designed to provide knowledge and skills related to professions identified in the National Career Clusters. Check out our pathways under the online catalog.  All courses align with South Carolina’s Programs of Study. Students who complete three to four or more courses in a related pathway can be designated as CTE completers upon graduation.

Preparing CTE students for college and career also includes more than average classroom instruction.  In Beaufort County our goal is for CTE students to graduate with a diploma PLUS experiences which help make a more effective transition after high school graduation.   Experiences include…

  • leadership opportunities in Career Technical Student Organizations through competitive events and regional and state offices;

  • skill development through Industry Certifications;

  • WIN/Work Keys Proficiency;

  • business experience through Work-Based Learning/Internships/Capstone Classes; and

  • early college credits through Dual Credit/ Dual Enrollment.  

These experiences increase the soft skill development employers are seeking and provide students with a jump start to the future.  

Thank you for considering a program in Career & Technical Education.
Karen Gilbert, CTE Director

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Non-Discriminatory Statement: The Beaufort County School District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, age, or handicap in any of its educational or employment programs or activities.