Educators and Administrators

group of teachers Since the early 20th century, career-focused high schools have helped generations of young New Yorkers transition into career-track employment. One hundred years later, career and technical education programs offer job training for the information economy, with programs focused on information technology, healthcare, and professional services in addition to trades such as automotive maintenance and construction. Over 137,000 New York City students take at least one CTE course each year.

The Department of Education centrally supports school-based efforts to enhance students’ mastery of the academic, technical, and deep-learning skills necessary to enter the 21st century workforce through the Work-Based Learning Resource Center and administration of both the state program approval and related federal funding. Additionally, the following resources are available:

  • Quality work-based learning makes school-based learning more relevant by providing an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to structured work outside the classroom, and thus helps students to see the connection between learning, future employment and post-secondary education

  • The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) CTE Unit reviews all Program of Study proposals and makes recommendations to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for approval. Upon approval by SED, students who complete the Program of Study are eligible for a technical endorsement on their New York City diploma.
  • New York City receives an annual allocation from the federal Vocational and Technical Education Act (VTEA), also known as the Perkins Act; DOE disburses these funds to CTE programs by competitive application.