Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Families

Career and Technical Education is a rigorous sequence of academic and technical courses aligned with one of 16 different career clusters as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. The 16 career clusters are:

Career and Technical Education programs are made up of elective courses that teach you about different careers. New York City offers you over 135 schools and over 300 programs to choose from.

To find schools and programs in your area please visit the online CTE School/Program Directory.

Co-op Tech also offers half-day career and technical training for students who:

  • Are enrolled in academic courses in another Department of Education program, or
  • Have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Students enrolled in a CTE program meet Regents diploma requirements in addition to a CTE sequence. CTE programs offer NYC public school students engaging opportunities to pursue industry-recognized credentials, participate in job shadowing and paid internships, and receive mentoring from professionals—critical experiences to prepare young people for entry to postsecondary education, training, and employment. Students graduate from CTE programs with a strong academic foundation, technical and employability/durable skills, and authentic work experience to compete successfully for careers in high-demand sectors of New York City’s economy.

Students who graduate from career and technical education programs may choose to:

  • Continue at a college or university
  • Go directly into the workforce
  • Select technical training programs, apprenticeships, or schools that specialize in their chosen field of interest, or
  • Some combination of all of the above

A high school diploma with Career and Technical Education endorsement is granted to students enrolled in NY State-approved programs of study who complete the following requirements:

  • 44 credits including the CTE career electives
  • Pass 5 Regents
  • Pass a 3-part technical assessment (this may be an industry-recognized credential)
  • Work-based learning experiences in career awareness, exploration, and career development
  • Work skills profile
  • Attending the Career and Technical Education High School Fair in October
  • Finding out which high schools have the program you are interested in from the High Schools At a Glance list
  • Searching for “CTE” in your borough on NYC School Finder
  • Visit the NYC Career and Technical Education website, where you will find:
    • Videos where students, teachers, and principals introduce you to career and technical education
    • A Schools and Program Directory that you can search by borough, school district, or career pathway and includes direct links to the high-school websites
    • Information about work-based learning programs like our industry scholars internship program. You can also watch a video of students and employers talk about their experiences.
    • Career maps that teach you about the types of jobs that you can prepare for in CTE
    • The Career and Technical Education newsletter, NYC CTE Spotlight, full of news about the amazing things that are happening in CTE schools and programs.
  • Visit the Co-op Tech website
  • Speak with a middle school guidance counselor
  • Get help with admissions and enrollment from a Family Welcome Center staff member
  • Family Welcome Centers