CTE Programs

  • Career and Technical Education provides students with a variety of options to apply academic knowledge and earn the technical skills necessary for the workplace of the 21st century. The instructional program along with opportunities for industry credentialing, helps students prepare to be college and career ready. Students may have the opportunity to participate in cooperative education where they can apply classroom knowledge in part-time, paid employment, and receive graduation credit.

    For more information, please see your counselor.

    GW/ACPS Academy of Health Sciences

    The Academy of Health Sciences prepares students for employment related to medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other medically supportive services. Health and medical science courses prepare students with basic skills for employment in nursing homes, clinics, medical and dental offices, hospitals, homes, and certain public health settings. Academy of Health Sciences pathways include:

    • Surgical
    • Nursing
    • Biomedical Informatics
    • Sports Medicine
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Pharmacy
    • Medical Laboratory Science

    Academy of Finance

    The Academy of Finance (AOF) is part of the Business & Information Technology program. It is organized as a school within a school that prepares students for post-secondary education and careers through academic learning within a theme-based curriculum centered around the financial services industry. Upon completion students will receive a National Academy Foundation Certificate of Financial Studies. Academy of Finance courses include:

    • AOF Introduction to Financial Services
    • AOF Economics and Personal Finance
    • AOF Introduction to Business & International Finance (dual enrollment)

    Business & Information Technology

    The Business & Information Technology program is an intensive preparation for business and information technology careers.   Courses enable students to investigate opportunities in business, prepare for entry and advancement on-the-job, develop management skills, and identify further education and training necessary within a chosen career cluster. The curriculum for Business & Information Technology not only meets current technological advances in computer applications, systems, and communications but also presents opportunities to learn about economics and finance, accounting, law, and management. Business & Information Technology courses include:

    • Make It Your Business (6th)
    • Computer Solutions (7th)
    • Digital Input Technologies (8th)
    • Computer Information Systems I
    • Advanced Computer Information Systems II
    • Graphic Design & Multimedia I
    • Advanced Graphic Design & Multimedia II
    • Accounting I
    • Advanced Accounting II
    • Economics & Personal Finance
    • Business Law
    • Business Management

    Family & Consumer Sciences

    Family & Consumer Sciences prepares students to manage and balance the adult demands of personal, home, and work life in the 21st century. Content focuses on careers in an academic discipline, cultural and environmental issues, health and safety, individual and family relations, leadership and workplace ethics, and the application of technology. Family and Consumer Science courses include:

    • Family Consumer Sciences I (6th)
    • Family Consumer Sciences II (7th)
    • Family Consumer Sciences III (8th)
    • Introduction to Early Childhood Education I
    • Advanced Early Childhood Education II (dual enrollment)
    • Introduction to Culinary Arts I
    • Culinary Arts II
    • Teachers for Tomorrow

    Health and Medical Sciences

    Courses in Health and Medical Sciences prepare students for careers such as nursing, surgical technology, medical assisting, pharmacy, emergency medical response, biomedical health informatics, and sports medicine through therapeutic, diagnostic, rehabilitative, managerial, and supportive services. Students have the opportunity to apply the skills learned by participating or observing in a variety of health care settings.

    • Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences
    • Nurse Aide
    • Surgical Technologist


    The JROTC program prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The Leadership Education and Training (LET) program consists of four years of instruction with a maximum of 108 core hours and 72 optional hours per year. One (1) credit is awarded for each academic year. Core courses include Techniques of Communications, Leadership Lab, Map Reading, History, Citizenship, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, and Cadet Challenge (Physical Training). 


    Marketing prepares students for careers in the processes of buying and selling goods and services. Marketing courses prepare students for entry-level positions and/or continued education in a variety of careers that require knowledge of communications, economics, and psychology as well as techniques in sales, promotion, and management. Marketing courses include: 

    • Marketing I
    • Advanced Marketing II
    • Education for Employment
    • Fashion Marketing I
    • Advanced Fashion Marketing II
    • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship (dual enrollment)
    • Advanced Entrepreneurship (dual enrollment)
    • Sports & Recreation Marketing

    Technology Education

    The Technology Education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. Students will learn to understand the dynamics of technology, employ the technological processes, analyze the behavior of technological systems, apply scientific principles in the processes of technology, and discover personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers. Technology courses include:

    • Introduction to Technology (6th)
    • Inventions and Innovations (7th)
    • Technological Systems (8th)
    • Aerospace Technology
    • Engineering Explorations I
    • Engineering Analysis & Applications II- Robotics
    • Electronic Systems I
    • Electronic Systems II
    • Technical Drawing & Design I
    • Advanced Architectural Drawing & Design II
    • Advanced Engineering Drawing & Design II
    • Biotechnology and Forensics Foundations
    • Statics and Strengths of Materials (dual enrollment)
    • Sustainability & Renewable Technologies

    Trade & Industrial

    Trade & Industrial Education programs prepare students with occupational skills, knowledge, attitudes, and work habits to become employed or continue their education in the skilled field. The teacher, in cooperation with licensing boards, advisory committees, and other persons who have knowledge of the trade, develop the curriculum based upon licensure requirements, opportunities for employment, and post-secondary options. Trade and Industrial courses include:

    • Automotive Technology I
    • Automotive Technology II (dual enrollment)
    • Automotive Technology III (dual enrollment)
    • Cosmetology (I & II)
    • Criminal Justice (I & II)
    • Computer and Cyber Security Solutions
    • Computer Networking Operations (I & II)
    • Commercial Photography (I & II)
    • TV and Media Production I
    • TV and Media Production II (dual enrollment)
    • TV Production and Screenwriting III (dual enrollment)