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CTE in NSERVE High Schools

NSERVE manages grants received through the Illinois State Board of Education for a variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in high schools.

These experiential classes give students an opportunity to gain real-world experience in a career pathway that interests them.

Many high school courses also qualify for dual credit with Oakton College.

This college-level credit sets students up for their post-secondary studies and may be transferable to other colleges.

Click here for more information on the Oakton website.

Click here for the current list of high school courses which qualify for dual credit.

 See below, some of the CTE programs in the NSERVE region high schools.

Geometry in Construction

Geometry in Construction  provides a practical way of learning geometry through hands-on learning and is offered in several NSERVE high schools



Healthcare is a career area with an increasing need for skilled staff. A variety of healthcare courses are offered, including some which award a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) qualification.

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Hospitality & Tourism

Courses in Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurships and Hospitality are offered in many NSERVE area schools. Students can earn a ServSafe Certification which is a key requirement for working in the hospitality/tourism industry.

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Courses in Early Childhood Education can help students earn the ECE Level 1 certification which can transfer as college credit at many post-secondary institutions


A wide range of business courses  include Marketing, Business Technology, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Merchandising

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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering courses are offered in all NSERVE region schools.  These courses encompass all areas of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - preparing students for careers in engineering and manufacturing



Architecture courses are available is most NSERVE schools and can lead to a wide range of careers in construction, computer aided design and design engineering.

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Fashion Design

Fashion design is offered any many NSERVE schools and can lead to careers in fashion design, fashion merchandising and costume design.

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