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Four Components of CTE

Students enrolled in our RCS career and technical education (CTE) programs have the opportunity to learn skills that prepare them for successful career entry, advancement, and/or continuing education. Rochester Community Schools offers 11 CTE state-approved programs. Each program contains include these four elements:

Classroom Instruction

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Integration of academic and technical skills to support core academic knowledge needs. Focused instruction, reinforcement, and additional depth on academic concepts that support academic skills.

Laboratory Learning 

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Hands-on learning to develop technical skills to support core knowledge needs. Simulation labs, project-based learning and student skill demonstration.

Work-based Learning

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Work-based learning opportunities to further develop and apply skills. Sustained interactions with employers in real workplace settings that foster first-hand engagement with tasks required of specific careers.

Student Leadership

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Student leadership opportunities to support employability and Career Ready Practices. Intra-curricular activities that prepare students to become effective leaders.



A quick 6 minute look into the four components
of CTE at Rochester Community Schools: