CTE: Career & Technical Education

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About CTE

North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction provides the following information about CTE and its importance: The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.


CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge. Programs in Career and Technical Education are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology.


These tools and experiences make school more relevant, and ensure students are ready for the real world. Whether students plan to further their education in community colleges, technical schools, four-year colleges and universities, receive on-the-job training, or pursue careers in the military, CTE can be the first step in a pathway toward productive employment and citizenship.

CTE at Riverside

CTE courses are separated into 16 career clusters that apply to different high-demand careers.  In the resource tab to the right you will find two resources provided us from NC Department of Instruction that explains; in detail, each of the clusters and what they encompass.

Each cluster is further broken down into career pathways.  At Riverside, we offer nine different career pathways.  Explanation of courses available in each of the pathways is available for you to review in our High School Planning Guide on pages 16 - 18.

Internships & Options

An exciting option we can offer you at Riverside High School is that of an internship.  An internship with our CTE Program is a great way to gain high school credit while developing real-life work skills in an occupation you are interested in learning more about.  Internships are arranged through our Career Development Coordinator, Ms. Christenberry.  Internships can be done during multiple years of high school and at varying locations. 

In addition to the courses offered on campus of RHS; you also have the options of taking CTE courses through Martin Community College as part of the Career & College Promise Program's Career & Technical Pathway.  Please explore the requirements and options available through this partnership as well.

Why be a CTE Completer?

First you may ask, what is A CTE completer?  A CTE completer is a student that completed the required coursework with in a pathway.  This usually includes a prerequisite course and a "completer" or level II course within the same pathway.   Here are some benefits of being a completer:

  • Being a completer means you meet one of the requirements for a Career Endorsement when you graduate.

  • More than 95% of students in Martin County who are also CTE completers leave high school with a diploma.

  • All CTE Completers will have the opportunity to prepare for and take the WorkKeys assessment.  Students can attain a national, industry-recognized work preparedness certificates at the Bronze, Silver, Gold  or Platinum Level.  This certificate has become a prerequisite for working in numerous large industries throughout North Carolina and the nation.


MajorClarity is the platform that Martin County Schools will be using to start connecting students with their interests to career options.  This is accomplished through a variety of activities which help them identify their interests, strengths, explore career opportunities and then develop a plan for course selections that help them accomplish their goal. 

For more information on MajorClarity explore this resource:

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are following guidelines established by the governor, NC Board of Education, NC DPI and Martin County Schools' Board of Education.  Social distancing will will be strictly enforced for everyone's safety; therefore, all conferences will be completed via telephone or electronic video conferencing.

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Williamston, NC 27892
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