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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education, otherwise known as CTE is education that directly prepares the student for the world of work. These programs of study prepare students to be college and career ready by providing core academic skills as well as technical job specific skills to prepare them for a wide range of high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Students can master the fundamentals of a new trade or profession or build on established skills.

CTE educates students in 16 career clusters and over 79 career pathways. College of DuPage offers over 250 CTE degrees and certificates in a full range of existing and emerging industries and professions. The Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) represents the completion of study in a career and technical education program. Student’s earning this degree may seek employment following graduation or transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university that has an articulation agreement with the College of DuPage for these programs of study. Certificate courses of study are designed for students not pursuing an associate’s degree but who are interested in taking technical or professional courses needed to enter a field of employment or update current skills.

Career and Technical Education focuses on developing partnerships between high schools and postsecondary education, developing clear pathways for students to follow toward degrees and certifications. Students can earn dual credit while in high school. Through dual credit students have the opportunity to enroll in selected courses at their high school for which they will receive both college and high school credit. 


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Contact Information

Adela Meitz, MS LCPC, Workforce Development and Student Resource Specialist
Workforce Development Services
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle, Illinois 60532
(630) 942-2389