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Career Technical Education               


CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. CTE programs are organized by 16 Career Clusters to offer a complete range of career options for students, helping them discover their interests and the educational pathway that can lead to success 

in high school, college and their chosen career/profession. CTE programs are changing, evolving and innovating to create an environment of opportunity within our schools from the middle schools and high schools to the post-secondary levels. CTE increases the relevance and impact of student’s education. CTE improves graduation rates in high school and college. Students gain the skills, technical knowledge, and the rigorous academic foundation and real-world experience they need for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers. Dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities are available for CTE students. Classes are available in the following clusters:


Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources    
The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture & Construction
Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Business, Management & Administration
Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Education & Training
Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services such as administration, teaching/training, administrative support, and professional support services.

Planning and related services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Government & Public Administration
Planning and executing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, and regulations.

Health Science
Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Hospitality & Tourism
Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as restaurant and food/beverage services, lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusement and attractions.

Human Services
Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Information Technology
Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives such as brand management, professional sales, merchandising, marketing communications and market research.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
The planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Choose your pathway to success. Tennessee's Career Clusters are organized into 16 broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels and are aligned with the U.S. Department of Education's structure of Career and Technical Education. Career Clusters identify the knowledge and skills needed to follow a pathway toward career goals and provide a context for exploring the many occupational options available. Note that each cluster is divided into different pathways or Programs of Study that are grouped by the knowledge and skills required for occupations in these career fields. Students that complete three credits in a Program of Study or Career Cluster are CTE Concentrators. Our district CTE Office is here to support students in selecting a Program of Study. - See more at:

The Sumner County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities; and provides equal access to all programs. The Sumner County School System offers a wide range of Career and Technical Education programs under its open admissions policy. Specifically, may offer admissions based on selective criteria in programs like Health Science, Agriculture, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Marketing, Education & Training, through a separate application process that is nondiscriminatory. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Career Technical Education forms

Title IX Coordinator:
Ms. Katie Brown (if student to student), Assistant Director of Schools for Student Support, 695 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066, 615-451-6500

504 Coordinator:
Ms. Selena Elmore, SCS Section 504 District Coordinator, 695 East Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066, 615-451-6598

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