Career & Technical Education (CTE)


CTE Works for High School Students!

CTE focuses on the exploration of the self in relation to the world of work.

High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

  • College and Career Readiness: CTE programs provide quality work-based learning programs, relevant academic skills, and the employability skills and workforce behaviors necessary for postsecondary success and careers.
  • Academic & Technical Skills: Promotes life-long learning in a global society.
  • Work-Based Learning: Enhances business and education partnerships, provides students with opportunities to reinforce skills and behaviors to be effective in the workplace.
  • Leadership and 21st Century Skills through Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs): CTE programs support skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership through CTSOs.
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 Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship is a rigorous 1 or 2 year program that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored on-the-job learning for high school students. It opens doors for students by giving them a chance to "try out" a potential career interest, while allowing them to experience an adult working environment. Youth Apprenticeship provides students with new options for the future! Youth Apprenticeship combines academic instruction, instruction in an occupational area, and paid on-the-job-training. 

Visit the Youth Apprenticeship Website to learn more!


Wisconsin's youth options program allows Lincoln High School juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a UW institution, a Wisconsin Technical College, one of the state's participating private nonprofit institutions of higher education, or tribally-controlled colleges.  Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit.

The program opens the door to greater learning opportunities for motivated students considering a technical career, wishing to begin college early, or preparing themselves to enter the workforce immediately after high school graduation.

Under youth options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district. If approved by the the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course. 

Meet with your high school counselor to learn more!

Project lead the way (PLTW)

Our programs inspire students to question what's possible and prepare them for long-term success!

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national non-profit organization established to help schools give students the knowledge they need to excel in high-tech fields. Studies of PLTW’s curriculum have proven that PLTW students become the kind of prepared, competent, high-tech employees U.S. industry needs to stay competitive in the global market. With its strong partnership concept, PLTW leverages the collective knowledge and efforts of secondary schools, colleges and universities, and industry to give students rigorous, relevant, reality based knowledge to better prepare them for college. Research shows, and continues to confirm, that students introduced to engineering principles, concepts, and real-world problems in high school are better prepared for college engineering programs - and more likely to be successful in postsecondary education. Furthermore, the PLTW program addresses national standards in Math, Science, Language Arts, and Technology as well as offering students COLLEGE CREDIT at articulated institutions such as MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) and Lakeshore Technical College.

  • Computer Science Principles
    • Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.
  • Intro to Engineering Design (IED)
    • Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.
  • Principles of Engineering
    • Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Manitowoc county manufacturing project-
Mini chopper

Visit the Mini Chopper Website to learn more or follow us on Facebook!

What is Project Mini Chopper?

Project Mini Chopper is a Manitowoc County wide effort to promote careers in manufacturing. The High School Manufacturing Project is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Progress Lakeshore and The Chamber of Manitowoc County with supporting sponsorship by area businesses, local high schools, and Lakeshore Technical College. The project will give high school students real life experiences as they build a mini chopper as part of their academic curriculum throughout the school year. The final product is then showcased at the Ant Hill Mob Bike Show in April.

Participating students will:
*Learn about manufacturing careers
*Gain new skills
*Connect with area employers
*Experience real world issues
*Meet new people and have FUN!

2015-16 Mini Chopper Winners! (Sponsor: Allstates Rigging)
2015-16 Mini Chopper Team

2016-17 Mini Chopper Team (Sponsor: Harbor Town Harley Davidson)
2016-17 Mini Chopper Team