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Career & Technical Education FAQs


1: Can I earn college credit while in high school?
You can by taking CTE coursework in high school. CTE courses are taught at your high school by Career and Technical Education teachers who follow curriculum agreed to by both high schools and college faculty. Please view to see course options available to you.

2: What is Career and Technical Education at WNC?
Career and Technical Education provides a wide range of programs designed to get students into the work force immediately upon completion. The programs are designed to give students hands-on and academic experience, which translates into real-world skills.

3: What is my cost to take classes?
They are free! You can save time and money by enrolling in CTE classes. Many CTE courses offered to you earn three college credits. Please view the link for the current WNC Fee Schedule as costs of tuition continues to rise.

4: What are my career options upon graduation?
Fifty years ago, 60% of the available jobs required unskilled workers. Today the exact opposite is true. 65% of all jobs now require skilled workers. WNC offers CTE degree and/or certification programs that will develop your skills. The statistics are in your favor. See Nevada’s Top 100 Demand Occupations.

5: Can I go on to earn my Bachelor’s Degree?
CTE courses count as electives for high school graduation as well as for college credits. Most of the courses are designed to provide hands on training that prepare you to go directly into the work force after completing a two-year AAS degree or one-year certificate. Some of the courses can serve as college elective credit, but it is recommended that you meet with a WNC counselor to answer specific degree and transferability questions regarding your CTE credit. WNC also offers a Bachelor of Technology degree in Construction Management,

6: How do I get started?
To earn CTE college credits, students must:

  1. Complete the course sequence
  2. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale, weighted or unweighted, for all units of credit applicable to the course of study in career and technical education
  3. Pass the state end-of-program technical assessment according to the established cut score
  4. Pass the state assessment for employ-ability skills according to the established cut score
  5. Submit a WNC Application for Admission. Contact CTE Coordinator Mark Lobsinger at