Career Programs & Training

What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

  • CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students.
  • Is delivered flexibly through high schools, area career centers, career academies, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more.
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and 79+ pathways.
  • Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees.
  • Partners with businesses to prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas.
  • Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills.

Career technical education provides students:

  • academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world. 
  • employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics.  
  • career pathways that link secondary and postsecondary education. 
  • second-chance education and training. 
  • education for additional training and degrees, especially related to workplace training, skills upgrades and career advancement. 

See how Barton CTE programs are changing lives:

First generation Barton Community College student on fast track to a bright future

Mother of two overcame learning struggles to find success at BARTonline

Welding Instructor brings 35 years experience to Barton Community College program