The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Connecticut is to provide educational opportunities for all students for academic and skill attainment and career development, as life-long learners, leading to postsecondary education and/or employment in a dynamic, technological, and global economy.

CTE Delivery: 
CTE is offered through the following institutions: 
  • Comprehensive high schools 
  • Technical high schools
  • Community colleges
Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-162016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsYesYes
Academic Skills - MathematicsYesYes
Technical Skill AttainmentNoNo
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesNoNo
Nontraditional ParticipationYesNo
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2015-162016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeNoYes
Student Retention or TransferYesNo
Student PlacementYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionNoNo
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$10,247,655$10,844,369
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary 75%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary 25%
Career Clusters: 

Connecticut has adopted the National Career Clusters® Framework and all 16 approved Career Clusters, largely used as an organizing framework, in particular for its programs of study. For the state's comprehensive schools, its programs are organized into seven program areas and for its technical high schools, its programs are organized in 28 curricula.

Connecticut’s Career Pathways Initiative, implemented through the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction, builds upon the foundation established through Connecticut’s School-to-Career Initiative and Legislation to connect secondary education to postsecondary education and careers within the context of Career Clusters. Student Success Plans, based upon the state’s 34 career pathways augmented by Individual Planning Portfolios, organize each student’s secondary and postsecondary education in a flexible, evolving format. 


Programs of Study: 

Connecticut offers programs of study, through its Career Pathways, in all 16 Career Clusters. However, the state has no statewide standards corresponding to Government & Public Administration and Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Clusters for its comprehensive high schools and no statewide standards corresponding to no corresponding standards to Business Management & Administration; Finance; Government & Public Administration; and Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Clusters for its technical high schools.

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster
  • Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster
  • Business Management & Administration Career Cluster
  • Education & Training Career Cluster
  • Finance Career Cluster
  • Government & Public Administration Career Cluster
  • Health Science Career Cluster
  • Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
  • Human Services Career Cluster
  • Information Technology Career Cluster
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
  • Manufacturing Career Cluster
  • Marketing Career Cluster
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster
Perkins Eligible Agency: 

Connecticut Department of Education

State Director: 

Harold Mackin
State CTE Director
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT

Excellence in Action Award Winners: 
Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

Connecticut offers dual enrollment and concurrent/transcripted credit to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary. Connecticut has introduced its own guidance for locally developed credit transfer.

Connecticut Career Pathways, the state’s implementation of the federal Perkins program of study requirements, are used to link secondary and postsecondary CTE programs through curriculum alignment and articulation agreements (among other considerations). Connecticut Career Pathways are at various stages of development statewide, but Connecticut deploys Career Pathways in each of the 16 Career Clusters. The Connecticut Technical High School System also maintains a program – College Career Pathways – where any 11th grade student enrolled in the state’s technical high school who meets certain criteria can earn up to 14 academic and technical credits at one of six of the state’s community colleges.

Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.