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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

How is CTE Provided to All Ohio High School Students?

Today, many parents of high-school students think that participating in 'vocational programs' meant you weren't going to college.  That is not true today, as career-technical education students must meet the same rigorous academic requirements of all high school students and complete additional, hands-on courses in many careers, including engineering, healthcare, computer graphics, auto technology and culinary arts, which are just a few of the 16 career fields in which Ohio high school students can enroll.  Most people are also surprised to learn that about 50% of career-tech students pursue further education, according to Ohio Department of Education statistics.

In Ohio, every high school student has the opportunity to enroll in a career-technical education program, where they take specific classes in their chosen field.  This specialized education is delivered through career centers or in the local high school, depending on where the student lives in Ohio. Many career-technical programs also offer additional programs to assist area residents in training for regional opportunities after high school.

Career Technical Education is available to all ohio high school students, but the way it is delivered depends on community/student needs through one of three models:

  • Comprehensive:  CTE is provided as part of the high school course offerings.
  • Compact: Districts within the same area work together to provide carer-tech programs, with different schools providing different programming open to all students within the Compact.
  • Career Centers:  Students in schools within a Career Centers' district attend the Career Center either all day or a partial school day for career-tech education.

From a state standpoint, Ohio is made up of career-technical planning districts. Click here for the map.

Compact/Comprehensive Schools


  • Alliance City**
  • Canton Local**
  • Centerville City
  • Four City Compact
  • Lakeshore Compact**
  • Lakewood City**
  • Maple Heights/Bedford
  • Mayfield
  • Meigs Local
  • Millstream Career
  • Parma City
  • Plain Local
  • Six District Compact
  • Sylvania City
  • Tri-Height C.P.C.
  • Tri-Star Compact

Comprehensive (Major City):

  • Akron City
  • Canton City
  • Cincinnati City**
  • Cleveland City
  • Columbus City**
  • Dayton City
  • Toledo City
  • Youngstown City**

Comprehensive (Single District):

  • East Cleveland City**
  • East Liverpool City**
  • Greenville City
  • Hamilton City
  • Lancaster City
  • Lima City
  • Lorain City
  • Mad River Local**
  • Madison Local
  • Mansfield City
  • Marion City**
  • Massillon City**
  • Morgan Local
  • Ohio Valley Local
  • Oregon City
  • Sandusky City**
  • South-Western City**
  • Switzerland of Ohio
  • Washington Local**

**Denotes Organizational School Member

Career Centers

  • Apollo Career Center**
  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center
  • Ashtabula County JVS**
  • Auburn Career Center**
  • Belmont-Harrison Career Centers**
  • Buckeye Career Center**
  • Buckeye Hills Career Center
  • Butler Technology & Career Development Schools** 
  • Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County
  • Collins Career Center
  • Columbiana County Career Center
  • Coshocton County Career Center
  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center**
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
  • Ehove Career Center
  • Four County Career Center
  • Grant Career Center**
  • Great Oaks Institute**
  • Greene County Career Center
  • Jefferson County JVS**
  • Knox County Career Center**
  • Lorain County JVS
  • Mahoning County Career & Technical Center**
  • Maplewood Career Center
  • Medina County Career Center**
  • Miami Valley Career Technology Center**
  • Mid-East Career & Technology Centers**
  • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • Penta Career Center**
  • Pickaway-Ross JVS and Circleville Annex
  • Pike County JVS**
  • Pioneer Career and Technology
  • Polaris Career Center**
  • Portage Lakes Career Center
  • R.G. Drage Career Center**
  • Scioto County JVS
  • Southern Hills Career & Technical Center
  • Springfield-Clark County JVS
  • Tolles Technical Center**
  • Tri-County Career Center**
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center**
  • Trumbull Career & Technical Center**
  • Upper Valley JVS
  • Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center**
  • Vantage Career Center**
  • Warren County Career Center**
  • Washington County Career Center
  • Wayne County Schools Career Center**

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

690 Taylor Rd., Ste. 220, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 890-ACTE (2283)
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