College and Career Readiness
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.
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 (see section below.)
Preparing Students for Miami’s Future Workforce
Several of Miami-Dade’s CTE programs are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.
Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus, aligned to Career Clusters. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential CTE program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn postsecondary credit and scholarships.
Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act
CAPE Academies were formed under the Florida CAPE Act, which was created to provide a statewide planning partnership between business and education communities, to expand and retain high-value industry, and sustain a vibrant state economy.
CAPE Academies prepare students for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers, and must meet state requirements to register and continue as CAPE academies. There are 192 registered CAPE Academies in Miami-Dade.
Many 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. These career academies are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers 49 programs in the five career themes of Engineering, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, and Information Technology at 28 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.
· Bright Futures Student Handbook
· Comprehensive Course Table (CCT)
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
Some of the most exciting and satisfying times of a CTE student’s education can be his/her experience in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) contests and leadership activities. CTSOs are a basic component of CTE programs that provide students with skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career field.
- Career Clusters & CTE Programs
- CTE Professional Development Information
- CTE Student Organizations
- Florida Dept. of Education Career & Adult Education
- M-DCPS Adult Education
- M-DCPS STEM Initiatives
- CTE Frameworks by Career Cluster
- CTE Programs FL-DOE Alphabetical List
- M-DCPS Florida Standards Resources
- Time Card
FL-DOE CTE Resources
- Classroom Visitation Checklist
- Classroom Behaviors Worksheet
- Commonly Used Acronyms
- CTE Program Evaluation
- Program Evaluation Pre-Visit Resources
- CTE Courses Approved For Practical Arts / Fine Arts Credit
- Florida Association of Agriculture Educators (FAAE)
- Florida Business Technology Education Association (FBTEA) (For Business Ed, IT, Marketing & Diversified Teachers)
- Experience Association of Florida (DCTAF/WEAF)
- Florida Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences (FEFACS)
- Health Occupations Educators Association of Florida (HOEAF)
- Florida Technology & Engineering Educators Association (FTEEA)