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At Career Tech, the concept of preparing for a career is so important that the word "Career" comprises half of the name of the school.  In addition to working for a diploma and acquiring state-of-the-art technical skills, all students must plan for their future after high school.  In addition to being "employed" in a simulated work environment, students must complete one half credit in Careers. This includes a student's specific plan for their transition following high school along with the steps to achieving that plan carefully spelled out.

With satisfying careers as the ultimate goal, students are encouraged to gain work experience in five ways:
  • Unpaid technical aide or instructional aide positions at Career Tech
  • Volunteer (again unpaid) positions in the community
  • Paid positions funded by various grants
  • Paid positions funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
  • Unsubsidized paid positions in the community

In all five of the above, students submit an application and a job description.  Students receive elective credit upon submission of a performance review signed by their supervisor.