Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a career preparatory program that increases high school graduation rates and economic advancement as it prepares students with the academic and career skills they may not receive in other types of high school diploma programs. Students develop personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics. The school currently offers the following CTE Career Cluster: Information Technology (IT). This cluster involves opportunities in computer IT, web design, coding, game development, robotics, building and maintaining computer networks, administrative services, office management and accounting. The school offers two programs under the IT Career Cluster. Students may select one of the following programs: Applied Information Technology or Computer Systems and Information Technology.
Applied Information Technology (AIT): This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the IT career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills and knowledge of all aspects of the IT career cluster. Course content includes computer application skills including computer hardware, software applications, computer programming, webpage design and advanced web tools, systems support and maintenance, network concepts, relational database concepts, multimedia tools, cybersecurity; extensive exploration of IT careers; strategies for success including goal setting, study skills, organizing skills, learning styles, employability skills, and service learning; and core academic skills with emphasis on effective communication skills.
Computer Systems and Information Technology (CSIT): This program prepares students for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the IT industry. The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the IT industry; technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, planning, management, finance, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. Course content includes communication, leadership skills, human relations and employability skills; and safe, efficient work practices.
Note: The CTE program is only available to local students residing in Duval County. However, students not enrolled in the 18 credit CTE diploma pathway option may take CTE courses to fulfill elective course requirements.
CTE Graduation Requirements
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 18 credits (outlined below), and have a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
|ELA = 4 credits||ELA 1, 2, 3, 4; ELA honors, Advanced Placement (AP), AICE, IB and Dual Enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement.|
|Math = 4 credits||One of which must be Algebra 1 and one of which must be Geometry; Industry Certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two mathematics credits (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry); An identified computer science credit may substitute for up to one mathematics credit (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry).|
|Science = 3 credits||One of which must be Biology 1, two of which must be equally rigorous science courses; Two of the three required course credits must have a laboratory component; Industry Certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to one science credit (except for Biology 1); An identified computer science credit may substitute for up to one science credit (except for Biology 1).|
|Social Studies = 3 credits||1 credit in World History; 1 credit in U.S. History; 0.5 credit in U.S. Government; 0.5 credit in Economics.|
|Industry Certifications = 2 credits|
*To obtain industry certifications, students have three attempts to pass the required exams.
|OJT (On The Job Training) = 2 credits|