The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower students to be successful citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy. CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively and solve problems, and utilize technology in the thinking and problem-solving process.
Career and Technical Education fulfills an increasingly significant role in school reform efforts. Students who concentrate in a CTE area, earning at least four related technical credits with one of those credits coming from an advanced level course and meeting other criteria are better prepared for the further education and advanced training required to be successful in 21st century careers. North Buncombe High School Career and Technical Education teachers partner with business and industry and with community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to ensure Career and Technical Education serves the needs of individual students.
The Career and Technical Education faculty at North Buncombe align their instruction with "Career Clusters." Career Clusters are broad groupings of occupations/career specialties, organized by common knowledge and skills required for career success. These Career Clusters are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design, school guidance, and a framework for seamless transition to career and college.
Career and Technical Education offers courses in eight program areas.
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education
Family and Consumer Science Education
Health Sciences Education
Technology and Engineering Education
Trade and Industrial Education
A description of courses that are offered can be found by clicking on the program area in the left navigation pane.