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Career & Technical Education


Career and Technical Education (CTE) develops and supports career-themed curriculum, work-based learning, and community partnerships to prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century.

CTE is

  • project-based, problem-solving teaching and learning;
  • 21st-century technology in classrooms;
  • programs of study in high-wage, high-demand, or high-skill fields;
  • workforce, community, and postsecondary collaborations;
  • workplace learning connected to classroom instruction; and
  • continual professional development for teacher effectiveness and content expertise.  
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  CTE Supports Out-of-Classroom Activities
  • Articulations to postsecondary
  • Aviation career education (ACE)
  • Career and tech student organizations
  • Carl Perkins Act–funded programs
  • Construction Challenge
  • CTE equipment usage
  • CTE Foundation
  • FIRST Lego Leagues
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Fluid Power Challenge
  • Industry-recognized certifications
  • Job shadowing for staff
  • Jobs for America’s Graduates
  • MPS Career Development Conference
  • MPS STEM partners
  • National Academy Foundation (NAF)
  • Programs of study/career clusters
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Success skills
  • Summer youth employment
  CTE Educational Programs at MPS
  • Business and marketing
  • Family and consumer science
  • Technical and engineering
  • Work-based learning
  • Business and postsecondary partnerships
  CTE in MPS Schools

These are the high schools and their respective programs.

Bay View High School

(construction, business, PLTW-engineering)

Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School

(audio/video technology and film, construction, manufacturing, PLTW-engineering)

Alexander Hamilton High School

(business, construction, marketing, PLTW-biomedical and engineering, visual arts)

James Madison Academic Campus

(business, health sciences, PLTW-biomedical)

North Division High School

(business, health sciences, information technology, welding)

Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education

(manufacturing, PLTW-engineering)

Casimir Pulaski High School

(automotive, business, PLTW-biomedical, Web and digital technology)

Riverside University High School

(early childhood, health sciences, PLTW-biomedical and engineering)

South Division High School

(PLTW-biomedical and engineering)

Harold S. Vincent High School

(food science, agriculture, PLTW-engineering)

Washington High School of Information Technology

(travel and tourism, information technology, PLTW-engineering)

  NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation) Academies in MPS

Existing NAF Academies

Washington High School of Information Technology

  • Academy of Information Technology
  • Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

Bay View: engineering

New NAF Programs
James Madison Academic Campus: finance and health services
North Division: health services

Year of Planning (2015+)
South Division: health services
North Division: information technology

  Student Organizations

Student organizations help CTE students gain career knowledge and offer local and national competitive events with other students. MPS offers support with these student organizations:

  • Distributive Education Clubs of America DECA
  • Future Business Leaders of America FBLA
  • SkillsUSA
  • Future Farmers of America FFA


Congratulations to Obama School of Career and Technical Education

This summer, three MPS students from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education will attend the national SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, KY, with their coach, Mr. Dave Kontz.

Juniors Adrian Ellis and Maurice Pulley competed in the (WI) State SkillsUSA Conference and won the Robotics and Automation Technology Contest. As a team, these young men set up to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem of a robotic workcell from a word problem. They were required to create a flowchart and sequence of operation and were also judged on efficiency, speed, and teamwork.

Seniors Trevion Brownlee and Dedric Williams competed and placed first and second, respectively, in the Job Demonstration Contest. Competitors in Job Skill Open Class demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training. Competitors in the Job Skill A Class must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.

Trevion won the Open Class and will now compete in the National SkillsUSA Championships this summer along with juniors Adrian and Maurice. Trevion's topic is the "Development of an Aquaponics System."

Dedric placed second in the Job Skill A Class and will act as the alternate if the first-place winner is not able to go. Dedric's topic was "How to Repair a Bicycle Tire.”  Science teacher Dan Johnston is their advisor for this event. 

Adrian Ellis also received third place in Technical Drafting, which evaluates contestants' preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting. The contest will focus on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools, including computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Wisconsin SkillsUSA students competed in the 43rd Annual Conference at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, April 26-27, 2016.  SkillsUSA chapters from around the state gathered to compete for the coveted first-place honors. Only those receiving first place are qualified to attend the national conference! 

Currently, Obama SCTE is the only 100% minority state chapter! Next year, Pulaski and Bradley Tech will join Obama SCTE as the three MPS SkillsUSA chapters.   


MCDC Awards        Bay View Students



Milwaukee Career Development Conference, Jan 2016

Students from Bay View, Hamilton, and Pulaski competed in business-related role plays and written tests hosted at MATC South Campus. Career areas included  business, finance, retail management, and quick-service restaurant management.  After presenting their business solutions to volunteer judges, students participated in team-building activites sponsored by FOCUS Training.

Award Winner IFOCUS Training


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Phone: 414-475-8391
Office:  414-475-8202
Fax: 414-475-8250

Eric Radomski, Manager II
Career and Technical Education

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