About Career & Technical Education
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department invites students to explore real-world career and job-related skills so they can successfully pursue a wide range of college and career options after high school. Our mission is to build students’ career readiness for lifelong success. CTE students are engaged learners because they are taught through project based learning with real-world problems. Our instruction combines a problem solving orientation, relevant technical skills in the field of study, and essential life skills including working effectively with others.
ETHS standards for Career & Technical Education reflect applied communications and problem solving skills within career oriented contexts. The standards also reflect the mastery of knowledge and skills required within several broad career pathways. Those pathways focus on different career sectors of our economy.
Junior and senior students may dual enroll in both the ETHS class and the equivalent Oakton Community College (OCC) course and receive college credit. Through articulation agreements with Oakton, students will enroll with the community college and after successfully passing the ETHS class, will receive college credit for the course.
Dual credit is currently offered in certain courses in the Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, and Mathematics Departments. Contact Michelle Vazquez, Post-Secondary Counselor at 847-424-7163 for more information. To learn more, search the online Course Selection Guide for courses marked with the OCC Ⓞ symbol.
Project Lead the Way
The CTE Department at ETHS offers six (6) nationally recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses. These rigorous courses use a curriculum developed and maintained by a consortium of leading engineering universities and the private sector to introduce high school students to the many facets of engineering. PLTW courses integrate national academic and technical learning standards and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) principles to solve real-world problems in a collaborative classroom setting.
PLTW courses offer engineering-related college credit through PLTW affiliated engineering colleges/universities subject to course grade and end of course exam performance. PLTW courses also carry additional grade weighting equal to Advanced Placement courses. To learn more, search the online Course Selection Guide for courses marked with the PLTW Ⓟ symbol.
All students must fulfill a total of three (3) credits of Fine Arts and Career & Technical Education (CTE): 1 in Fine Arts and 2 in CTE or 2 in Fine Arts and 1 in CTE. All courses in art, music, and speech arts satisfy the Fine Arts requirement. All CTE courses meet the CTE requirement. 1, 2, and 3 Video Production & Design, 1 Graphic Design, 2 Graphic Design, 3 Graphic Design, Metal Sculpture, and 1 Stagecraft fulfill Fine Arts or CTE credit. All Special Education computer courses meet the CTE requirement. Students must pass a Consumer Education course to graduate from ETHS. The CTE department offers several courses that fulfill this requirement.
Visit the graduation requirements page for complete details.