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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

What is CTE?

Today, many parents of high-school age students remember that going to the vocational school meant you weren't going to college.  That is not true today, as career-technical education students must meet the same academic requirements of all high school students as well as complete additional coursework in their chosen field. In fact, most students go on to college - almost 60% to 70% according to Ohio Department of Education stats

In Ohio, every high school student has the opportunity to enroll in a career-technical education course of study. This means that in addition to the rigorous academic requirements, students take specific classes in their chosen field.  Engineering, healthcare, computer graphics, auto technology and culinary arts are just a few of the 16 career fields in which Ohio high school students can enroll.  This specialized education is delivered through career centers or in the local high school, depending on where the student lives in Ohio. Many career-technical programs also offer additional programs to assist area residents in training for regional opportunities after high school.

Ohio is made up of career-technical planning districts. Click here for the map.

Compact/Comprehensive Schools


  • Tri-Height C.P.C.
  • Lakewood City
  • Maple Heights/Bedford
  • Mayfield
  • Parma City
  • Lakeshore Compact
  • Sylvania City
  • Meigs Local
  • Alliance City
  • Plain Local
  • Four City Compact
  • Six District Compact
  • Canton Local
  • Millstream Career
  • Centerville City
  • Tri-Star Compact

Comprehensive (Major City):

  • Cleveland City
  • Columbus City
  • Cincinnati City
  • Toledo City
  • Youngstown City
  • Dayton City
  • Canton City
  • Akron City

Comprehensive (Single District):

  • Lima City
  • Hamilton City
  • East Liverpool City
  • East Cleveland City
  • Sandusky City
  • South-Western City
  • Lorain City
  • Oregon City
  • Washington Local
  • Switzerland of Ohio
  • Mad River Local
  • Morgan Local
  • Madison Local
  • Mansfield City
  • Massillon City
  • Ohio Valley Local
  • Greenville City
  • Lancaster City

Career Centers

  • Apollo Career Center
  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center
  • Ashtabula County JVS
  • Auburn Career Center
  • Belmont-Harrison Career Centers
  • Buckeye Career Center
  • Buckeye Hills Career Center
  • Butler Technology & Career Development Schools 
  • (D. Russel Lee)
  • Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County
  • Collins Career Center
  • Columbiana County Career Center
  • Coshocton County Career Center
  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
  • Ehove Career Center
  • Four County Career Center
  • Grant Career Center
  • Great Oaks Institute
  • Greene County Career Center
  • Jefferson County JVS
  • Knox County Career Center
  • Lorain County JVS
  • Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
  • Maplewood Career Center
  • Medina County Career Center
  • Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Mid-East Career & Technology Centers
  • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • Penta Career Center
  • Pickaway-Ross JVS and Circleville Annex
  • Pike County JVS
  • Pioneer Career and Technology
  • Polaris Career Center
  • Portage Lakes Career Center
  • R.G. Drage Career Center
  • Scioto County JVS
  • Southern Hills Career & Technical Center
  • Springfield-Clark County JVS
  • Tolles Technical Center
  • Tri-County Career Center
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center
  • Trumbull Career & Technical Center
  • Upper Valley JVS
  • Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center
  • Vantage Career Center
  • Warren County Career Center
  • Washington County Career Center
  • Wayne County Schools Career Center

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

38 Commerce Park Dr. Suite D, Westerville, Ohio
(614) 890-ACTE (2283)
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