Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. CTE students participate in hands-on training in their chosen program and gain real-world experience through job shadowing and internships. Students can also earn college credit for coursework completed in high school at no cost.

Akron Public Schools currently provides learning opportunities in 15 career fields, including:
Arts and communications
Business, finance and marketing
Construction technologies
Education and training
Engineering and science technologies
Hospitality and tourism
Information technology
Medical specialties
Transportation systems

Students have a choice of 34 specialized programs of study. 

These programs are located at designated schools throughout the district. Depending on the location of the program, students may spend half a day at their program and the other half at their home school. Free bus transportation is provided and students can participate in their home school extra-curricular activities, as well as graduate and take part in ceremonies.
The College and Career Services department also offers career awareness strategies in the elementary and middle schools to help students and families develop a vision and plan for their futures.

How to enroll/apply
Current students should contact their school counselor or CTE instructor for an application packet or to answer any further questions.

Seeking a job or other employment?
Several local companies have contacted us looking for dedicated, hard-working APS students who are seeking jobs and other employment opportunities. For more information, visit our Hire APS Kids page.

Fast Facts:

  • 95-98% of Career and College Readiness students passed the Ohio Proficiency Test or the Ohio Graduation Test and earned a high school diploma.
  • Nearly 700 Career and College Readiness students graduate each year with skills desired by employers.
  • 55% of Career and College Readiness graduates are involved in college or apprenticeship training six months after graduation.
  • 97% of Career and College Readiness students are employed and/or going to college or the military.
  • The salaries of Career and College Readiness graduates exceed those of their peers who have no training.
  • Career and College Readiness programs are supported by industry-based standards identified by 30 different business advisory groups.
  • Akron students have access to 1,044 different apprenticeships.
  • Students may earn national credentials in Career and College Readiness programs before they graduate from high school.
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