Partner with CTE

What is CTE?


Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Chicago Public Schools are comprised of advanced training in targeted industries that ensure high school students’ success in college and careers through:

  • Academic Preparation: CTE provides rigorous, industry-focused technical instruction and work-readiness preparation that supplements the district’s college prep core curriculum.
  • Engagement: Students receive real-world, industry-relevant, hands-on work experiences in the classroom and at the work sites of partners
  • Exposure: CTE programs present viable college and career options, and opportunities to win scholarships, earn industry credentials, and build valuable industry networks that increase chances for student success

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) relies on the expertise of Chicagoland professionals and organizations to provide vital Work-Based Learning Experiences (WBL) for students that take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.  A Work-Based Learning (WBL) Experience can be an internship, a job shadowing experience, site visit to a partner company/corporation, a mentoring relationship, or listening to a guest speaker.

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In CTE, students focus on a particular career path of interest within industry clusters while in high school, to learn about the industry and to obtain experience in the working world even before they graduate.  The 12 career clusters include:

  1. Agriculture & Horticulture
  2. Business & Finance
  3. Construction & Architecture
  4. Culinary & Hospitality Management
  5. Education & Training
  6. Health Sciences
  7. Information Technology
  8. Media & Communications Arts
  9. Law & Public Safety
  10. Manufacturing & Pre-Engineering
  11. Personal Care Services
  12. Transportation

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The mission of CTE is to prepare students for college, advanced skills training and/or entry into the working world.  Partner with CTE today to advance our mission and the future workforce of Chicago!


Partnership Benefits and Requirements

Partnership with us generally does not require a financial commitment. Business and Community partnerships are critical to the success of CTE, and partnership with CTE is a “win-win” for your organization! As a CTE partner you will:

  • Model Social Responsibility
  • Build the future workforce for the City of Chicago
  • Impact students’ lives today!

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How to Become Involved

Work-Based Learning Activity Description
Mock Interviews Conduct mock interviews and review resumes to help sharpen students’ abilities to present themselves in a professional and effective manner.
Classroom Speakers An opportunity to share your professional knowledge and industry expertise with students in CTE classrooms across the city.
Site Visits Provide a classroom or classrooms of students access to your work site for a close-up look at the inner workings of your business.
Job Shadows Provide students with an in-depth look at a “day in the life” of select business professionals employed by your company during our annual Job Shadow Day.
Internships An exciting opportunity to partner and collaborate with CPS by hosting students for a six-week summer job experience with pay provided by the school district.
Industry Advisory Council Advise on curriculum design to ensure that CTE programs are aligned with industry standards.

Meet the Team

Our Team of Partnership Development Liaisons are here to guide and support our partners through the process of working with CTE. Each liaison works with specific industry clusters to ensure focus and support for every career industry.

Rhonda Bell
Partnership Development Liaison
  • Health Sciences and Personal Care Services


Anne Brogden
Senior Partnership Development Liaison
  • Media & Communication Arts


Jacquelyn Dace
Senior Partnership Development Liaison
  • Construction & Architecture
  • Manufacturing & Pre-Engineering


Luther Dunlap
Partnership Development Liaison
  • Information Technology
Alexander George
Partnership Development Liaison
  • Agriculture & Horticulture
  • Education & Training
Jennifer Mitchell
Partnership Development Liaison
  • Business & Finance
  • Culinary & Hospitality Management
  • Law & Public Safety

For questions or more information, contact us at or at 773.553.2462.

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