M-DCPS Career Technical Education (CTE) is impacting the lives of Miami-Dade County students preparing them to be college and career ready through programs of study and career pathways aligned to Career Clusters. CTE students graduate with world-class academic and technological skills, plus industry-recognized certifications necessary to transition to higher education and careers.
CTE students may also earn free college credits through dual enrollment, college and technical center articulation agreements or achievement of a state-articulated industry certification.
Preparing Students for Miami’s Future Workforce
Many of Miami-Dade’s CTE programs are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.
Industry certifications are an important component of Career Academies and CTE Programs verifying that students have demonstrated technical skill attainment. Select industry certifications have been approved at the state level for free college credits awarded to students.
Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn postsecondary credit and scholarships. Students choose career academies from 16 career clusters, thus allowing them to make the successful transition between high school, college, and careers.
Several career academies are members of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise.
M-DCPS offers 49 programs in the four career themes of Engineering, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, and Information Technology at 24 high schools.
Free College Credit
Articulation agreements allow students to earn college or technical center credits from participation in a high school CTE program of study. M-DCPS has articulation agreements with Miami Dade College, M-DCPS Technical Centers and other local institutions.
Select industry certifications have been approved at the state level for free college credits awarded to students.
Florida Bright Futures
Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) Award
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 660,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. CTE students have the opportunity to qualify for the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, one of three of the Bright Futures Awards.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
CTSO's are organizations geared towards individuals who are interested in a certain vocational path. The organizations also stress leadership and teamwork.
- Career Clusters & CTE Programs
- Florida Dept. of Education Families Home Page
- M-DCPS Parent Webpage
- STEM Initiatives
M-DCPS Office of Community Engagement