Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Computer Applications & Coding Nursing Education students at Ivy Hall FFA Land Judging Automotive engine repair with Mr. Linberg Blood spatter analysis Future Business Leaders of America Culinary Arts with Mr. Shurtz Unmanned Aerial Systems
Brian Culbert
CTE Director

Brian Culbert (contact)
CTE Director

Jennifer Taylor (contact)
CTE Administrative Assistant

Tennessee's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study are meant to provide a relevant framework of industry-aligned, rigorous courses that progress a student in knowledge and skills year over year. They also provide invaluable opportunities for students to experience a subject they are passionate about and explore interests that could lead to postsecondary learning and future career paths. These sequenced courses also reflect and support the three credit "elective focus" requirement for graduation. Level one courses are most often taken by students in ninth grade.

To become a concentrator in CTE and to fulfill the elective focus requirement, a student must earn three credits in a Program of Study or a Career Cluster. Several courses overlap between different Programs of Study and even Career Clusters. These overlapping courses can count in more than one area.

Students at EHS are required to take the following CTE Courses to prepare them for success at EHS and in the future: Cyclone Experience and Computer Applications

Tennessee's Career & Technical Education consists of 16 nationally recognized career clusters with the ultimate goal of preparing students for success at the postsecondary level and in their chosen careers. EHS offers courses in nine Career Clusters. Learn more on the TN CTE webpage.

Career Clusters at EHS

Each Career Cluster is broken down into Programs of Study, and further broken down into courses for each program. Elizabethton CTE includes 19 Programs of Study within nine career clusters. New programs in 2018-19 include Pre-Law and Sport & Human Performance. CTE programs include 64 courses, the newest of which are Small Animal Science, Accounting 2, Banking & Finance, and Coding 1. Our CTE programs allows students to explore various in-demand careers available right now in Tennessee. CTE programming is coordinated with regional industries to ensure students in these programs are prepareing for the jobs of the future. 

"CTE has really helped me. I started out in Health Science and got a glimpse of careers in that field. Then I moved to Criminal Justice, and now I'm here in Business. Without this, I feel like I would be lost going into college. I've changed my mind several times and this has given me more information and allowed me to see what I want to do. It's hard to know what you want to do when you're 18, but we do have these resources and an opportunity to see what's out there. With these programs, it's all about what you put into it. The opportunities are endless."

- Sydney Hayes, EHS Senior Class 2018

View Courses by Program of Study by visiting the links below OR View, Download or Print a table that shows all 2019-2020 Career Clusters, Programs of Study and Courses. For more detailed information about courses in a specific program of study, visit the links below. 

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
    1. Horticulture Science
    2. Environmental & Natural Resource Management
    3. Veterinary & Animal Science
  2. Business Management & Administration
    1. Business Management
    2. Office Management
  3. Finance
    1. Accounting
    2. Banking & Finance
  4. Health Science
    1. Nursing Services
    2. Emergency Services
    3. Therapeutic Services
    4. Sport & Human Performance
  5. Hospitality & Tourism
    1. Culinary Arts
  6. Information Technology
    1. Web Design
    2. Coding
  7. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
    1. Criminal Justice & Correction Services
    2. Pre-Law
  8. STEM
    1. Engineering 
  9. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
    1. Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
    2. Aviation Flight

2017-18 CTE Highlights

  • Ethan Fields and Max Peterson earned Remote Pilot Licenses
  • John Tapp, Alyana Turbyfield and Stewart Guess earned state FFA degrees
  • Drew Blackwell, Joseph Collins, and Karson Dillard fly solo, bringing the total number of EHS solo flights to 10
  • Bree Little placed 2nd in state FBLA Digital Video Production
  • Levi Shingleton placed 4th in state FBLA Intro to Technology
  • John Tapp placed 1st in regional FBLA Economics
  • CSI placed 2nd in regional CSI 
  • Competition
  • Nick Street placed 1st in regional HOSA Medical Reading 
  • Cami Davison, Hannah Edwards, Taylor Greene & Keaton Shingleton placed 2nd in regional HOSA Bowl
  • STEM team placed 2nd in Battle of the Build
  • 8 students earned Work Ethic Diplomas

Job Market Resources


CTE Quick Facts

  • Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out in high school
  • The average graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93% compared to the national average of 80%.
  • 80% of students on the college path who enroll in CTE courses met college and career readiness goals compared to 63% percent of students enrolled in the same academic core courses with no CTE courses
  • CTE students were significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report developing problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school
  • CTE reinforces skills learned in math, English, history, and science through practical application
  • Students who take advanced CTE courses in high school reported higher earnings than those who did not take a CTE course