CPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Update
As the 2009-2010 school year approaches, the Department of College and Career Preparation (DCCP) is excited to begin
rolling out a revised strategy for Career & Technical Education (CTE) that will enhance our ability to provide CPS
students with viable pathways to college and careers. Following is a re-cap of the strategy shared with principals earlier
this year as well as further detail regarding supports that will be provided to CTE teachers going forward.
Starting in Fall 2009, we are beginning a 5-7 year effort toward developing a system of approximately 80 high-quality,
destination point College and Career Academies, which will be housed in 30-40 schools throughout the district. These
academies will be, in many cases, expansions of strong existing CTE programs within CPS schools, providing CTE
training in high-priority industry areas based on local labor market needs. In addition, they will:
Be geographically distributed across CPS high schools and offer citywide enrollment boundaries (where
possible), in order to increase access to CTE opportunities for all CPS students.
Require students to apply for entry via a centrally-managed application process, so that students who express
interest in a given industry area are given priority for admission.
Offer, in most cases, multiple programs within a career cluster (e.g., a Construction Academy might contain
Architectural Drafting, Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electricity).
Contain at least two teachers per academy.
To move toward this retooled system of College and Career Academies, we expect to develop approximately 10-15
academies across roughly 5 schools per year over the next 7 years, while concurrently closing and phasing out 30-40
existing CTE programs each year during the same time period. Over the long-term, we do not expect to maintain
standalone CTE programs – after the retooling is complete, with few