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CTE_InfographicCareer & Technical Education (CTE)

The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. Our goal is to provide cutting edge curriculum for our students, therefore, ensuring that they exit with high academic and technical skills.

Both school-based and work based learning opportunities are offered to students enrolled in Career and Technical Education.

School-based opportunities include competency-based courses in six program areas: Agriculture Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Career Development, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Occupations Education and Trade and Industrial Education.

Work-based learning opportunities include cooperative education, apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and supervised occupational experiences.

In addition, Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSO activities) are an integral part of each program.  CTSO leadership and competitive events are held on the local, regional, state and national levels.

2013 CTE Program Review

2009-2012 CTE Data Presentation

Cindi Baldwin

CRHS Junior Elected as FCCLA State Officer

In October, 2014 Cedar Ridge High School junior Cydni Baldwin was elected as one of 7 state officers to represent the 2015-2016 North Carolina chapter of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Through a lengthy interview and examination process, Cydni was chosen to be the PRESIDENT of the NCFCCLA at the state conference held April 27-29 in Greensboro. This is a huge accomplishment for Cydni and Cedar RIdge High School.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Today 200,000 members in more than 5,500 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.

The NC Community College Bioprocessing Biomanufacturing Center asked Orange County Schools to share information about our Breakthrough in Biotechnology Initiative.  Please click HERE to watch the webinar. You will be asked to register to view the webinar. There are no costs associated with registration.

CTE Month

CTE Hands for Habitat Project

Hands for Habitat is an ambitious service learning project that will see students and community members working together to build a green-certified Habitat House.

The Hands for Habitat project will increase student awareness of the issues surrounding housing through the design, construction, landscaping and funding of a green-certified Habitat home.  Students throughout the district will engage in learning projects focused on issues of housing in our community and world. 

Read more about Hands for Habitat .