Career and Technical Education Program
In Massachusetts, those programs that meet the definition of career and technical education contained in Perkins IV are known as career and technical education programs.
The term career and technical education means organized educational activities that
(A) offer a sequence of courses * that
(i) provides individuals with coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions;
(ii) provides technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree; and
(iii) may include prerequisite courses (other than a remedial course) that meet the requirements of this subparagraph; and
(B) include competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry including entrepreneurship, of an individual.
* for public two year college degree programs, the sequence of courses means at least 15 credits of technical courses in addition to the academic courses required by the degree program. For public two-year college certificate or other formal award programs, the sequence of courses means at least two technical courses and at least one academic course or academic component within a technical course.