Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) consists of 17 different career clusters. Within each of these clusters are multipe programs that prepare individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development.  In Lee County, these programs are geared toward middle school, high school, and district technical school.  Each program includes the academic and technical skills required to be successful in today’s economy. The CTE department values our partnership with local businesses, trade associations, and community organizations.

Mary Graham, CTE Teacher On Assignment

  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Engineering & Technology Education
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Law, Public Safety, & Security
  • Marketing, Sales, & Service
  • Additional CTE Programs/Courses (OJT)

Contact Mary Graham for assistance with any of these CTE clusters.

Melissa Johnson, ACE Teacher On Assignment

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Education & Training
  • Energy
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Contact Melissa Johnson for assistance with any of these CTE clusters.

Career & Technical Education Opportunities in Lee County High Schools

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning, implementation, production, management, processing and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services. This includes food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services. Employment opportunities will continue to increase for those who provide and market an expanding array of food, forest, and veterinary medical consumer products to a growing world population.

East Zone: Riverdale
South Zone: South Fort Myers
West Zone: Island Coast , Mariner, & North Fort Myers

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Architecture and Construction

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the building environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs. Based on the latest statistics, this career cluster has 13.8 million jobs. In the next few years, many new jobs will be added and many employment opportunities will result from the need to replace experienced workers who leave jobs.

East Zone: East Lee County 
South Zone: Bonita Springs, Estero, & Fort Myers
West Zone: Ida S. Baker

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Arts, A/V Technology and Communication

Individuals that work in the AV communications industry manufacture, sell, rent, design, install, integrate, operate, and repair the equipment of audiovisual communications. They are involved in the presentation of sound, video, and data to groups in such venues as corporate boardrooms, hotels, convention centers, classrooms, theme parks, stadiums, and museums. Most observers expect the job growth rate within AV industries to be at 20-30% for the foreseeable future. In just the AV systems technician field, the industry could expect to add 20,600 jobs annually.

East Zone: Dunbar, East Lee County, Lehigh Senior, & Riverdale
South Zone: Bonita Springs, Cypress Lake, Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers, & South Fort Myers
West Zone: Cape Coral, Ida S. Baker, Island Coast, Mariner, & North Fort Myers
Centers: Success Academy

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Business, Management and Administration

The Business, Management and Administration Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication. Nearly half of all jobs are in managerial and professional occupations, and nearly one-fourth of all workers are self-employed. The business management and administration services industry is one of the highest-paying industries.

East Zone: Lehigh Senior & Riverdale
South Zone: Estero, Fort Myers, & South Fort Myers
West Zone: Cape Coral, Ida S. Baker, & Mariner

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Education and Training

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Millions of people each year prepare for careers in education and training in a variety of settings that offer academic instruction, vocational and technical instruction, and other education and training services.

East Zone: Lehigh Senior & Riverdale
South Zone: Estero & Fort Myers
West Zone: Ida S. Baker & Mariner

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Engineering and Technology

The Engineering and Technology cluster focuses of careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support. These careers require educational preparation ranging from high school education with on-the-job training to advanced degrees obtained at the university level. Career pathways might include: manufacturing, robotics, pre-engineering and automotive.

East Zone: Dunbar & Riverdale
South Zone: Bonita Springs, Dunbar, Estero, & Fort Myers
West Zone: Ida S. Baker, Island Coast, & Mariner

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Finance

The Finance Cluster prepares learners for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication. The finance industry is a critical sector of the United States economy with over six million people employed in finance-related occupations. In the next few years, many new jobs will be added and many openings will result from the need to replace experienced workers who leave jobs.

East Zone: Dunbar
South Zone: Dunbar, Fort Myers, & South Fort Myers 
West Zone: Cape Coral & North Fort Myers
Centers: Lee Virtual

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Government & Public Administration

The Government & Public Administration Career Cluster is divided into seven pathways. Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue & Taxation; Regulation; and Public Management & Administration. Hundreds of Government & Public Administration educational opportunities in a variety of trades and programs are offered throughout the state in school districts, community colleges and state universities.

West Zone: Ida S. Baker

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Health Science

Health Services is one of the largest industries in the country, with more than 11 million jobs, including the self-employed. The health services industry includes establishments ranging from small-town private practice physicians who employ only one medical assistant to busy inner city hospitals that provide thousands of diverse jobs. Wage and employment in the health services industry are projected to increase more than 25 percent through 2010, compared with an average of 16 percent for all industries. Employment growth is expected to account for about 2.8 million new jobs.

East Zone: Dunbar & East Lee County
South Zone: Bonita Springs, Dunbar, Estero, South Fort Myers
West Zone: Cape Coral, Ida S. Baker, & Mariner

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Hospitality and Tourism

The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster prepares learners for careers in the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel-related services. Hospitality operations are located in communities throughout the world. Travel and tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world. Each year, travel and tourism employers around the world pay more than $1.6 trillion in wages and salaries and create 12.5 million new jobs.

East Zone: East Lee County & Riverdale
South Zone: Estero
West Zone: Cape Coral & Island Coast
Centers: Lee Adolescent Mothers Program & Lee Virtual

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Human Services

The Human Services Career Cluster is divided into three pathways: Counseling and Mental Health Services; Family and Community Services; and Consumer Services. Hundreds of Human Services educational opportunities in a variety of trades and programs are offered throughout the state in school districts, community colleges and state universities.

South Zone: Estero
Centers: Lee Adolescent Mothers Program & Lee Virtual

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Information Technology

IT careers involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. IT careers are available in every sector of the economy. Anyone preparing for an IT career should have a solid grounding in math and science. Even in times of economic downturn, there is still a large market for people with IT skills in organizations of all sizes.

East Zone: Dunbar, Lehigh Senior, & Riverdale
South Zone: Cypress Lake, Dunbar, Fort Myers, & South Fort Myers
West Zone: Cape Coral, Ida S. Baker, Island Coast, Mariner, & North Fort Myers

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Law, Public Safety and Security

The Law, Public Safety and Security Cluster helps prepare students for careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Renewed national interest in public safety and security should help expand opportunities for employment in the Law, Public Safety and Security Cluster. Also, a more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand.

East Zone: East Lee County
South Zone: South Fort Myers
West Zone: Ida S. Baker
Centers: Lee Virtual

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Manufacturing

This program 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 careers in the manufacturing career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employ-ability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the manufacturing career cluster. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in applied welding positions.

East Zone: East Lee County
South Zone: South Fort Myers

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Marketing

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. According to the latest statistics, there are 16 million jobs in sales and related occupations. Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations and sales managers hold more than 700,000 jobs. Over 300,000 high-paying management positions are likely to be available over the next decade. Employment opportunities for retail salespeople are expected to be good.

South Zone: Cypress Lake
West Zone: Cape Coral, Ida S. Baker, Island Coast, & Mariner

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Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

This Career Cluster exposes students to careers and businesses involved in the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail and water. Transportation, distribution and logistics is a critical sector of the United States economy. Almost 10 million people are employed in transportation or transportation-related occupations. There will be a growing number of career opportunities in a variety of professional and technical occupations as well as high paid, entry-level occupations that can provide career advancement opportunities.

East Zone: East Lee County
South Zone: South Fort Myers
West Zone: Ida S. Baker & Mariner

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