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CTS Students Preparing for a Bright Future in a Diversified Economy

Alberta’s Career and Technology Studies provides students with the skills they need for tomorrow’s workforce.

Minister Eggen with CTS students at Bishop McNally High School in Calgary
Minister Eggen with CTS students at Bishop McNally High School in Calgary

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) is designed for high school students in Alberta so they can explore their passions and career options while still in high school. CTS offers students opportunities to develop skills that can be applied in their daily lives and improve their employability following high school.

“Career and Technology Studies programs prepare students for transition into adult roles in their community, workplace or further education. This program ties well into our government’s strategy to see more students graduate and to develop skills that support a diversified economy.”

– David Eggen, Minister of Education

“Programs like CTS provide additional opportunities for students to complete high school and gain the skills they need to be part of a qualified, educated and engaged workforce.”

– Gary Strother, Chief Superintendent, Calgary Catholic School District

Currently, CTS provides more than 1,300 one-credit courses in a variety of occupational areas, most of which have been developed based on labour market needs. There are 60 specialized skills pathways that provide flexibility for students to develop knowledge and skills in a career path relevant to their interests and over 60 credentialed pathways that provide students the opportunity to achieve a credential or credit.

  • Over 115,000 high school students participate in CTS courses each year
  • Over 9,000 students participate in apprenticeship pathways each year

Alberta Education is pleased to be working in partnership with schools, communities, post-secondary institutions and industry to offer a wide range of exciting and rewarding learning opportunities for students.

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