Career and Technical Education Pathways

Career and Technical Education Pathways

Our robust Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway offerings provide ​students an excellent avenue to explore and ready ​themselves for future career prospects.

Our CTE curricula ​are designed to equip students with the necessary skills ​and knowledge for their onward career journey, whether ​that entails entering the workforce directly or pursuing ​further training and education. 

Students begin exploring career options in middle school with hands-on labs in the areas of CNC, Robotics, Digital Audio, CAD, Engineering Structures, Plumbing, Electrical, Flight Transportation, Machines, and Graphic Design.

These experiences help them learn what they do and don’t like as they think ahead to their high school schedule, when students may pursue any of the following 12 CTE pathways.

Burlington High School's CTE offerings

Automotive Tech

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This pathway is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, covering various aspects of automotive technology and repair. Through a series of specialized courses, students gain hands-on experience and a solid foundation in automotive fundamentals, which is crucial for a successful career in this field.

SPECIAL NOTE: All Automotive classes are offered at the Southeastern Community College campus in West Burlington. The student will have to provide their own transportation to and from the campus.


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Embark on a journey through the world of business and marketing with our engaging and comprehensive courses. Students who take these courses acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment, making them valuable assets to any organization or capable of launching their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Communication Technology

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This pathway is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to thrive in various fields of visual communication and graphic arts. Through a series of specialized courses, students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard software and techniques, preparing them for careers in digital media, graphic design, and related fields.

Computer Science

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The Computer Technology pathway prepares students for a variety of careers in the tech industry by teaching skills in programming, cybersecurity, web design, and business applications, making them valuable assets in today’s technology-driven world.

Whether they choose to pursue further education or enter the workforce immediately, students are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving field of computer technology.


Construction Trades students build a garage under the supervision of their teacher.

Students who complete the Construction pathway are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the construction industry. They gain hands-on experience in various aspects of residential construction, learn to work as part of a team, and develop an understanding of industry standards and safety practices. They also get to build really cool stuff. 

Whether students choose to pursue further education or enter the workforce immediately, the Construction pathway provides a solid foundation for a wide range of career opportunities in construction.


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This pathway is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the culinary field, but also serves those who simply wish to enhance their cooking abilities.

Progressively challenging courses blend practical cooking skills with a deep understanding of food science, safety, and nutrition.

The pathway emphasizes hands-on learning, safety, and professionalism, and you get to eat what you create.


A high school student visiting Corse for a Family and Education CTE Pathway class reads a book to two toddlers in Corse Early Childhood Center's childcare program.

This pathway explores careers in family services, childcare and education, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on individuals, families and communities.

Students also get to see first-hand what they learn about in the classroom at Corse Early Childhood Center, where they go to interact with the littles.


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Have you ever wanted to build a catapult or design a beach home?

If so, this is the pathway for you.

The Engineering/CAD pathway is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in engineering, architecture, manufacturing, and related industrial technologies.

Through a series of progressive courses, students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard software and tools, preparing them for both higher education and direct entry into technical careers. The pathway emphasizes problem-solving, design, and practical application of skills, along with 2D and 3D CAD techniques, ensuring students are well-equipped for future challenges and giving them hands-on experience using industry-standard software and tools.

Health Occupations

Three high school girls stand behind a table that holds two sets of lungs, one healthy and the other diseased, as their teacher and a guest speaker talk about the lungs.

The Health Occupations pathway offers an immersive exploration of healthcare industry careers, providing students with a solid foundation to pursue their interests and aspirations in therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experiences, the this pathway empowers our students to pursue rewarding careers in the healthcare field while making a positive impact on the lives of others.


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With an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork, students who complete the Manufacturing pathway are well-prepared for success in the  manufacturing industry.

For students seeking college credit and a more in-depth understanding of CNC machining, this CTE pathway offers an opportunity to earn SCC college credits while mastering the intricacies of CNC programming and operation.

Public Safety

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This pathway provides students with a comprehensive exploration of careers in fire services, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and related fields.

Students learn through engaging classroom and lab activities and professionals in their fields. This pathway also provides students with an in-depth study of crime in America, Constitutional laws and the criminal justice system.


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Throughout the Welding pathway, students develop both technical expertise and creative problem-solving skills, essential for success in the dynamic field of metalworking.

With a focus on safety, precision, and innovation, students who complete the Welding pathway are well-prepared for diverse career opportunities in welding, metal fabrication, and related industries.

Brian Johnson

Supervisor of Career & Technical Education
Brian Johnson