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CTE Classes


Henrico CTE classes are built around what are called Career Clusters. Each of our over 150 middle school, high school and Advanced Career Education classes all fit under 17 Career Clusters laid out by the Virginia Department of Education. These clusters are a national guide that is meant to help parents and students find the right classes that will get their student ready to “investigate careers and design their courses of study to advance their career goals.”  Henrico CTE defines our goals in much the same way by, preparing our students to Enrol In College, Enlisted In The Military, or Employed In The Career Of Their Choice.

The Virginia Department of Education defines Career Clusters as;  a grouping of occupations or careers in different industries that may have similar career paths. Within each career cluster, multiple career pathways represent a common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway. Based on the skill sets taught, all Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are aligned with one or more career clusters and career pathways. There are 16 Career Clusters in the U.S. Department of Education model. Virginia has adopted the nationally accepted structure of career clusters, career pathways, and sample career specialties or occupations. (from Virginia has added a 17th Career Cluster for Energy this year.

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