Introduction to Career& Technical Education

If you are unsure about whether you are ready for enrollment into a Career & Technical Education (CTE) program at the Wilson Talent Center, then the Introduction to CTE class might be a good fit for you. This one-year program will allow you to test your skills in one or more of our program offerings and get you ready for enrollment in a CTE program for the following (senior) year, while also offering the opportunity to earn some certifications to help build your confidence.

Course topics will include researching careers within the CTE program offerings, extended program visits when applicable, teamwork and problem solving skills, work habits and job skill practice as well as organizational and time management skills.

Students will also have the opportunity to earn a variety of certifications during this confidence-boosting year including CPR/AED/First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, OSHA (10-hour general), ServSafe Food Handler and Sexual Harassment to name a few. In addition, a small component of this program will include the opportunity to manage a school store, where students can learn about inventory, customer service and cash management.

The goal of this program offering is for students to have a better understanding of what will be expected of them to have a successful experience in a CTE program during their senior year.

Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.


Introduction to Career & Technical Education (CTE)

National Career Cluster

Human Services

Michigan Career Pathway

Human Services


Dorothy Getty
Michigan Certified Teacher

Employment Specialist

Job Coach

Types of Credit

Fourth year math credit

Elective Credit:  Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Program Description

The purpose of the Introduction to Career & Technical Education (CTE) program is to provide students with a pathway to a CTE program in their senior year of high school. A student enrolled in Intro to CTE will explore the CTE programs at the Wilson Talent Center to have a better understanding of the programs and what will be expected of them to have a successful experience.

Dress Code

Dress code is enforced according to safety and professional dress standards. Students are required to wear the jacket provided by the program, and shoes with rubber bottoms and closed toes.   Bottoms must be jeans, khaki or dress pants/skirts without rips or tears.  Dress code may vary based on the program students are visiting. 

Course Topics

  • Research careers within the Career & Technical Education programs
  • Extended program visits, when applicable
  • Opportunity to earn a variety of certifications within the Career & Technical Education arena including; employment skills, sexual harassment training, CPR/AED, recycling/environmental management, OSHA (10-hour).
  • Teamwork and problem solving skills
  • Work habits and job skills practiced at the school store, Campus Corner
  • Organizational skills

Exit Outcomes

  • Student will be prepared to attend a Wilson Talent Center CTE program during their senior year.
  • Students will have experienced the different pathways within CTE.
  • Students will gain confidence to enter the CTE classroom and working environment through the utilization of work habits.

Grading Policy

Item Points/Percentage
Work Habits 35%
Academic 40%
Lab 25%
Total: 100%


  • Work Habits:  Points based upon your attitude, effort, professionalism, motivation, accountability, and attendance.
  • Academic:  (Tests, quizzes, and Worksheet grades): Your instructor may choose to give you a grade for all classroom work you take for the program.
  • Lab (Project Grades):  You will be given a grade for every completed project.  Projects may include supervisory training, a job shadow, or presentation.

A   =  93-100%
A- =  90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B    = 83-86%
B-  = 80-82%
C+ = 77-79%
C   = 73-76%
C-  = 70-72%
D+ = 67-69%
D   = 63-66%
D-  = 60-62%
E    =  59 or below

Introduction to Career & Technical Education

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