Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. Funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing hands-on experiences in various industry sectors. Build New Mexico highlights the eight priority sectors identified by Governor Lujan Grisham.
CTE courses follow standards detailed in New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC). These standards require that all districts, charter schools and eligible state educational institutions meet challenging academic and technical standards set forth by NMAC 6.29.3. CTE within New Mexico also utilizes resources such as the Career Clusters Guide Book, New Mexico Career Pathways, and Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).