The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower students to be successful citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy. CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively and solve problems, and utilize technology in the thinking and problem-solving process. (Department of Public Instruction).
Career and Technical Education fulfills an increasingly significant role in school reform efforts. Students who concentrate in a CTE area, earning at least four related technical credits with one of those credits coming from an advanced level course and meeting other criteria are better prepared for the further education and advanced training required to be successful in 21st century careers. Nesbitt Discovery Academy partners with business and industry and with community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to ensure Career and Technical Education serves the needs of individual students.
For students at Nesbitt Discovery Academy, we use the PLTW pre-engineering curriculum that is designed to provide a flexible program of study that offers a four-year sequence of courses focusing on preparing students for an engineering pathway. By combining PLTW courses with traditional mathematics and science course students are introduced to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.