Overview of Career & Technical Education

  • Staff of Year
    For additional information, contact: 
    Justin Wilkinson
    Director of Career and Technical Education
    Phone: 910/893-8151 (Ext. 300411)  Fax: 910/893-2401

    Career and Technical Education courses are available in all Harnett County high schools, middle schools, and the alternative school. Approximately 10,000 students (duplicated count) are currently being served by 98 Career and Technical Education staff members in 75 Career and Technical Education courses in 8 different program areas.  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.  
    Through career exploration courses taught in the middle grades, students are exposed to the world of work and begin a life-long career planning process. This process is expanded at the high school level as instructors focus on skill development to prepare students for further education and/or employment.