CTE in South Dakota

Career & Technical Education prepares all students to be college & career-ready. CTE equips students with core academic skills, employability skills & job-specific technical skills related to a specific career pathway.

In South Dakota, CTE courses are offered in middle schools, high schools, technical institutes, and universities. Students access courses at their local school districts, at regional CTE centers, and online.

Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into Career Clusters®. Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities.



Celebrate CTE Month

During the month of February, students and teachers across our state are taking time to celebrate Career & Technical Education..

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” In honor of that theme, we celebrate TODAY with another round of the popular Webinar Wednesday’s, where CTE professionals will share information on popular topics, in order to provide support and guidance to those looking for new and innovative ways to improve their programs. In addition, we’re owning TOMORROW by profiling the future of CTE. We’ll be showcasing YOUR CTE students each week. Our CTE STAR Student nominations will be completed by teachers, counselors, and administrators who can’t wait to share their brightest and best with the rest of us. These nominations are welcome from both secondary and post-secondary CTE programs. CTE STAR Student Nominations:



CTE STAR Student Nominations
CTE STAR Student Nominations – Week 1
CTE STAR Student Nominations – Week 2
CTE STAR Student Nominations – Week 3
CTE STAR Student Nominations – Week 4



CTE Month Webinar Wednesday
CTE Month Webinar – Week 1: Career Decision Making
CTE Month Webinar – Week 2: Build Dakota Scholarship
CTE Month Webinar – Week 3: Perkins Budget Requests
CTE Month Webinar – Week 4: Ideas for Enhancing Non Traditional Enrollment


Learn more:

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• Parents
• Businesses
• School Districts