Missouri approves CTE certificate program for high school students

Missouri high school students can now earn an additional Career and Technology Education certificate with their diplomas. CTE programs include courses in agriculture, business and health sciences. The State Board of Education approved requirements that allow students who complete 50 hours of career training while in high school can earn the additional certificate. The certificate program was approved in order to match Missouri’s goal of preparing all Missouri students for success post-graduation. The certificates will be offered to students entering high school this year and meet all approved requirements.

Students must meet the following requirements to gain a CTE certificate.

  • Meet all graduation requirements
  • Qualify as a CTE concentrator
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the CTE area of concentration
  • Pass an approved Technical Skills Assessment and/or earn an approved Industry Recognized Credential  or Certificate
  • Complete at least 50 hours of work-based learning aligned with the CTE area of concentration
  • Maintain at least a 95 percent attendance record overall for grades 9-12
  • Demonstrate soft skills/business skills
  • Achieve a score at or above the state standard on any DESE-approved measure of college and career readiness

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