Career Technical Education

Preparing for Life after High School

Pearson Online Academy is committed to helping all students prepare for success after high school. Today, students need a broad education and 21st century skills to ensure successful long-term careers. Fortunately, students no longer need to choose between the academic courses needed for college and a vocational/technical program.

The Career Technical Education (CTE) courses offered by Pearson Online Academy allow students to combine both college preparation and workforce skills development into one customized education program. CTE courses encourage students to explore and prepare for careers in business, marketing, psychology, criminal justice, medicine, and more.

Students enrolled in our CTE courses gain thorough technical knowledge and skills training, supplemented by a strong academic foundation and real-world experience. Our programs of study are organized by career clusters, which include distinct groupings of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. These clusters branch into career pathways to help students narrow their interests further and design an education plan for achieving career goals.

In the United States, the average national freshman graduation rate is 75 percent. The U.S. Department of Education found that students enrolled in CTE programs have a high school graduation rate of more than 90 percent—and at Pearson Online Academy, that rate is even higher. Students concentrating in CTE areas also stay in post-secondary education or transfer to a four-year degree program at higher rates.

More Courses for Diverse Student Interests

Pearson Online Academy currently offers over thirty CTE courses. The large selection of courses gives students an opportunity to discover their interests and aptitudes and provides a clear instructional route toward a successful future in their chosen career, profession, or college education. View our online high school course descriptions including elective Career Technical Education courses.