Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career and Technical Education is rigorous and relevant content that guides students to high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Career and Technical Education in high school lays the solid foundation necessary for students to be successful in postsecondary educational institutions. This is achieved through a coherent sequence of courses. CTE is for every student who will have a career after high school!


This section contains links to information valuable resources and sites that have been built for students and counselors by TEA, THECB and others as they plan for their postsecondary career.

Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the world. We're passionate about making a difference in all we do. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues.

ACT Website

ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.
Apply Texas website   Counselor Instructions
Students who graduate with a grade point average in the top of their high school graduating class may be eligible for certain privileges when applying to college.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

College Board   Counselor Resources


The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination. Credit-by-examination assessments (CBEs) must be approved by each local board of trustees.

TEA Credit by Examination   CLEP


Dual credit allows high school students to enroll in college classes and receive credit for both high school and college requirements.

Common Course numbers   Texas administrative code on dual credit
At the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid, our job is to fund students as they pursue a college or career school education. You'll see that the Financial Aid Toolkit focuses very much on that topic. However, we did want to share some information on college preparation to provide a fuller picture. Your students can find information at
Fafsa Website   Counselor Resources for FAFSA   Best colleges guide to fafsa

The CTE resource center is a one-stop shop for CTE professional development, instructional materials, and program information. Many new CTE teachers come from business and industry and need additional support and resources to be successful in the classroom.

Website   Resource center


Texas has now launched 60x30TX, the new higher education strategic plan which aims to position Texas among the highest achieving states in the country and maintain its global competitiveness. 60x30TX is entirely student-centered: its overarching goal is that 60 percent of young adults (25-34) in Texas will hold some type of postsecondary credential by 2030. It also proposes that these graduates will have marketable skills regardless of major and that, statewide, students will not graduate with debt exceeding 60 percent of their first-year wages.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas OnCourse empowers you—pre-K through grade 12 students, parents, teachers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help you, your child or your students succeed after high school.  It is the result of three Texas government agencies pooling our resources, with the help of UT Austin, in one easy-to-navigate site.
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.
tsi wEB BASED STUDY APP   Sample questions   sample essays
  HCC practice tests   Virtual Math Lab  
The new higher education plan, 60x30TX, focuses on this common goal by striving for 60 percent of the 25- to 34-year-old Texas population to hold a certificate or degree by 2030. The plan seeks to increase student success through the combined expertise and resources of many stakeholders. Because of these collaborative efforts, Texas institutions of higher education will have more opportunities to grow, which will enrich students and the state.
30x60   TxCan