Career & Technical Education
Waterford Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide high school students with work-based learning experiences that bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Supported by strong partnerships with our business community and curriculum aligned to industry standards, these programs increase student options for occupational choice in the pursuit of careers or post-secondary training. Middle school students may enroll in exploratory classes which provide foundational skills to be built upon in the high school programs.
A primary goal of the Waterford School District is to ensure that every student graduating from our high schools will have a realistic career goal and a plan for achieving that goal. In order to accomplish this, we are providing the following career awareness and exploration activities for our students:
1. Career and Technical Education courses in the area of business and marketing, technology, health service occupations, and life skills.
2. Educational Development Plan (EDP) preparation: a systematic plan a student will follow detailing his/her coursework to satisfy high school graduation requirements and provide a foundation for a future career.
3. Xello gives students and their parents easy website access to all of the career research and assessment results in their EDP, as well as information on careers, colleges and sources of financial aid.
4. Information about Career Pathways, which are broad groups of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths, and competencies.
5. Resources for career exploration: Bridges, Internet, Xello, ACT Plan and Explore.
6. Work-based learning opportunities, which are planned programs of job training and experiences that utilize business and industrial sites for training as part of the school educational program.