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Career and Technical Education

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 provide invaluable opportunities for students to experience a subject they are passionate about and explore interests that lead to postsecondary learning and future career paths.

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Coding

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The Coding program of study is designed for students interested in computer programming. Students will develop standard programming techniques and learn the logic tools and methods typically used by programmers to create simple computer applications.

Emergency Medical Services

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The Emergency Services program of study is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of emergency medicine. Upon completion, proficient students will be able to identify careers and features of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, define the importance of workforce safety and wellness, maintain legal and ethical guidelines, correlate anatomy and physiology concepts to the patient with a medical or traumatic injury, and perform EMS skills with a high level of proficiency.

Machining Technology

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The Machining Technology program of study is designed for students interested in becoming a Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator, a CNC Machining Tool Programmer, or a Machinist. Course content focuses on safety practices concerning: machining technology; proper measurement and layout techniques; reading and interpreting specification drawings and blueprints; production design processes; quality control procedures; machine parts to specifications using both manual and computer-controlled machine tools; and measuring, examining, and testing completed products to check for defects and conformance to specifications.

Office Management

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Office Management program of study teaches business operations as students learn a variety of administrative and clerical duties including information and communication management, data processing and collection, and project tracking. Students who like to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information for business decisions or those who like to obtain and convey ideas and information in order to conduct business transactions would enjoy this program of study. Students in this program of study will learn about the management theories of some of the largest companies in the United States. In addition, they will learn important skills for success in professionalism, digital citizenship, and critical thinking. 

Criminal Justice & Corrective Services

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The Criminal Justice and Correction Services program of study prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law- and justice-related fields. 

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Entrepreneurship

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The Entrepreneurship program of study is designed to prepare students who want to start, own, and operate their own business.  The purpose of the Entrepreneurship program of studies is to help young innovators at the secondary level begin to develop and equip themselves with the practical skills and knowledge needed to successfully launch and maintain small businesses as entrepreneurs.

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Mechatronics

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The Mechatronics program of study is designed for students interested in becoming a mechatronics technician, electrical technician, mechanical engineering technician, robotics technician, or mechatronics engineer. Course content focuses on the components of manufacturing systems, collection and analysis of quality data, electronics, mechanics, fluid power systems, computers and control systems, and technical documentation and troubleshooting.

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STEM

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The STEM Education program of study designed for students interested in the exciting careers available in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This program of study is uniquely structured to offer students an overview of STEM fields, occupations, and applications, followed by more specialized study of the scientific inquiry or engineering design process.

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CyberSecurity





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The Cybersecurity program of study offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and cybersecurity-related careers in the Information Technology career cluster. Students will develop knowledge in security integration, application of cybersecurity practices and devices, ethics, and best practices management.

Human & Social Sciences

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Social health services focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for occupations that support the everyday functioning of society, such as social services workers, counselors, and family mediators. In this program of study, students investigate human needs and their impact on lifespan development, an overview of the human and social services fields, communication skills, and the historical and social changes in the modern family. 

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Nursing Services

 



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The Nursing Services program of study (POS) is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the field of nursing. Upon completion of this program, a proficient student will be able to implement communication and interpersonal skills, maintain residents’ rights and independence, provide care safely, prevent emergency situations, prevent infection through infection control, and perform the skills required of a nursing assistant. 

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Welding

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The Welding program of study is designed to prepare and certify students as entry-level welders. Students will learn safe practices, career exploration, leadership development, and basic arc welding and thermal cuttings skills.