Career and Technical Education

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Career and technical education (CTE) offers many classes with project-based instruction with opportunities for industry certifications.

In the state of Arizona, CTE helps students prepare for a competitive workforce. Career and technical education will engage Arizona learners in relevant experiences leading to purposeful and economically viable careers.

Students participating in CTE programs have the opportunity to earn industry certifications as they complete the program. Additionally, students can participate in career and technical student organizations where they compete in their chosen program.

Career and technical education is part of a well-rounded education and, as such, CTE programs are eligible to access Title IV funds.

See what CTE programs are offered at each of our high schools.

Fun Facts

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  • Over 46,000 industry credentials were earned in the state of Arizona by CTE students in the 2019–2020 school year.
  • 77% of employers from in-demand industries report hiring an employee for the skills and knowledge gained from CTE.
  • CTE concentrators are slightly more likely than non-concentrators to enroll in postsecondary education and are just as likely to earn a degree or certificate.
  • High school CTE concentrators are more likely than non-concentrators to be employed full time and have higher median annual earnings eight years after graduation. 
  • Career and technical education has been a part of public education since 1917.
  • Queen Creek has had five students serve as state officers for local career and technical student organizations in the last five years:
    • 2018–2019 - FFA
    • 2019–2020 - FCCLA
    • 2020–2021 - DECA
    • 2021–2022 - ITS
    • 2022–2023 - FBLA
  • In 2022, QCUSD had six programs have 100% of students complete their program course sequence or two out of three of QCUSD CTE programs had a pass rate of at least 80% of students.