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Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education, historically referred to as vocational education, is a segment of the U.S. educational system intended to help individuals explore and plan for occupations, obtain knowledge and abilities necessary for success within specific occupational areas, and develop interpersonal skills necessary for success in the workplace. Career and technical education programs serve both youth and adults, and are commonly found throughout the United States within public and private schools, and career and technical centers separate from schools. Currently, seven commonly recognized career and technical education areas of study exist in the United States: agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, marketing, health sciences, trade and industrial, and technology. Career and technical education programs may potentially provide courses in as few as one to as ...

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