IPS is proud to offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways in several of our high schools.  Through an extensive redesign of programs, students can now choose their high school based on their interest and the programs offered at a particular school, instead of being locked into attending a high school based on where they live within the district.

Through the redesign, our high schools have incorporated specific College and Career Academies, which include a defined sequence of courses, leading to an industry recognized certification, dual credit and/or opportunities for students to participate in work-based learning experiences throughout Grades 9-12.

These experiences are being supported by surrounding businesses and industries within the community. The partnerships are vital components and assist IPS in providing dynamic, high quality CTE programs to students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge within a selected career focus.

Students in CTE programs take specialized courses, in addition to required courses, and often have the opportunity to participate in internships, engage with mentors and practice what they are learning through hands-on projects. Students can participate in CTE at the middle or high school level and at postsecondary institutions in all communities, in all states, across the U.S.

For more information about CTE programs in IPS, please contact CTE Pathway Director, Jenny Berry (berryjennifer@myips.org)

Work Based Learning (WBL)

IPS’ work-based learning continuum provides a framework of expectations for student experiences, from Grades 8-12.

IPS staff at the district and school-levels are working to steward partnerships with employers, institutions of higher education, and mission-aligned community-based organizations to provide students with meaningful postsecondary-oriented learning along the continuum.

The continuum progresses from less intensive exploratory experiences to the ultimate goal of providing students with paid employment or dual-enrollment during Grade 11 and/or Grade 12.

Current CTE Academies and Pathways

Arsenal Technical High School

  • Construction, Engineering & Design Academy
  • Career and Technology Center (CTC)
    • Animal Science
    • Automotive Service Technology
    • Computer Science
    • Cosmetology
    • Culinary Arts
    • Dental Careers
    • Fire and Rescue
    • Graphic Imaging Technology
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • TV Broadcasting
    • Welding Technology

Crispus Attucks High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Teaching, Learning & Leading Academy

George Washington High School

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics Academy
  • Business & Finance Academy
  • Information Technology Academy

Shortridge High School

  • Engineering /Cybersecurity Career-Related Program (NEW for the 2019-20 school year!)