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What is Career & Technical Education?

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs and Career Academies provide rigorous instruction to prepare students for high-skill/high-wage careers and/or post-secondary education. 

CTE Programs/Career Academies

Volusia County Schools Offers Two CTE Options (CTE Programs and Career Academies).

CTE Programs and Career Academies offer career pathways from high school to post-secondary education including dual-enrollment and articulated credit as well as over 45 industry certification credentials. Key components of CTE Programs and Career Academies are work-based learning (internships, pre-apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job-shadowing and career planning), participatory learning, school-based businesses and Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's). Through CTE Programs and Career Academy courses students gain pathway-specific technical, academic and employability skills necessary for success in the workplace, continued education and lifelong learning.

CTE Programs

CTE Programs consist of three or more job preparatory courses in a career cluster area of interest. 

Students who participate in CTE Programs are still able to take advantage of district-wide programs such as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Advanced Placement (AP), and Dual Enrollment, Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

VCS offers 47 CTE programs in 10 high schools. Click on the dropdown below to see available CTE Programs and schools. 

CTE Programs List


School Location

Accounting Applications Spruce Creek High
Agritechnology Deltona High, Pine Ridge High, Taylor High, University High 
Allied Health Taylor High
Animal Science & Services DeLand High, New Smyrna Beach High, Pine Ridge High, Taylor High
Applied Cybersecurity Mainland High, Pine Ridge High, University High
Aquaculture New Smyrna Beach High
Building Trades & Construction Design Technologies DeLand High, Deltona High, New Smyrna Beach High, Seabreeze High, Taylor High
Carpentry  DeLand High
Computer Systems Information Technology (CSIT) DeLand High
Criminal Justice Operations Mainland High, University High
Culinary Arts Atlantic High, DeLand High, Deltona High, Mainland High, Pine Ridge High, Seabreeze High, Spruce Creek High, University High
Design Digital Video Technology  New Smyrna Beach High
Digital Audio Recording Technology Atlantic High
Digital Media/Multimedia Design Atlantic High, DeLand High, Deltona High, Mainland High, Pine Ridge High, Seabreeze High, Taylor High, University High
Digital Video Technology Atlantic High, Deltona High, Mainland High, Seabreeze High, Spruce Creek High
Diversified Career Technology/On the Job Training Atlantic High, Mainland High, New Smyrna Beach High, Seabreeze High, Spruce Creek High, University High
Early Childhood Education  DeLand High, Deltona High, Pine Ridge High
Electrical Mainland High, Taylor High
Emergency Medical Responder DeLand High
Emergency Planning & Response Seabreeze High
Engineering Pathways (PLTW) Mainland High, University High
Environmental Technologies University High
Exercise Science University High
Firefighting Deltona High, Mainland High
Game/Simulation/Animation Visual Design  Atlantic High, Mainland High, New Smyrna Beach High
HVAC  Pine Ridge High
Journalism & Multimedia Mainland High, Seabreeze High, Spruce Creek High
Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurial Principles Atlantic High, DeLand High, Mainland High, Seabreeze High, Taylor High, University High
Principles of Teaching  Atlantic High
Promotional Enterprise DeLand High, Deltona High, Spruce Creek High
Public Safety & Telecommunications (911 Dispatch) New Smyrna Beach High
Sport, Recreation & Entertainment Marketing New Smyrna Beach High, New Smyrna Beach High
Technical Agriculture Operations  DeLand High
Web Application Development & Programming  Mainland High
Web Development Spruce Creek High
CTE Program Enrollment Process

Students can enroll in any CTE Program that is offered at their zoned high school. Please contact your zoned school for registration information and dates.  

Please note: If your student’s zoned high school does not offer the CTE Program you would like your student to participate in, please complete a School CHOICE Application.

The deadline is for completing the School CHOICE Application is March 1, 2022.

*If your student is accepted into a CTE Program, district transportation is not provided to non-zoned high schools. 

Career Academies

A Career Academy is up to a 4-year full sequence of specific elective courses designed around a career cluster area of interest and requires additional national CTE standards as defined by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Career Academies create a “school within a school” feel since students select to be grouped by a common area of interest for some classes.  

Each Career Academy has a Program of Study that helps guide students in course selection and plan for postsecondary experiences. 

Students may apply for any of the 21 Career Academies in 9 VCS high schools. Click on the dropdown below to see available Career Academies

Career Academies List


School Location

Academy of Digital Media Enterprise  Deltona High
Academy of Education New Smyrna Beach High
Academy of Finance University High
Academy of Food & Agricultural Science Deltona High
Academy of Law & Government Atlantic High
Academy of Scientific Inquiry & Medicine Mainland High
Allied Health Academy Seabreeze High
Aquaculture, Environmental & Marine Science Academy Atlantic High
Biomedical Sciences Academy University High
Communications Academy DeLand High
Criminal Justice Academy New Smyrna Beach High
Engineering Academy DeLand High, New Smyrna Beach High
Finance Academy Spruce Creek High
Gaming and Simulation Academy University High
Health Services Academy Deltona High
Healthcare Academy Pine Ridge High
Information Technology Robotics Spruce Creek High
Manufacturing Academy Pine Ridge High
Medical Academy New Smyrna Beach High
Technology Engineering, Science, & Aeronautics Academy Atlantic High
Career Academy Application Process

Parents/guardians whose student meets the grade level requirements will be able to apply for Career Academy programs through the Parent Portal. Students must be rising 9th, 10th or 11th graders to apply for a Career Academy. If your student is accepted into a Career Academy, district transportation is not provided. 

Step 1: Create a Parent Portal Account

Step 2: Login to your Parent Portal Account

  • The title "Career Academy Application 2022" will appear for the parent under their student's name in the left-side menu on their Parent Portal.

Step 3: Complete the Career Academy Application

Step 4: Communicate Declaration of Intent

  • Parents will be notified of student application status through the Parent Portal by February 18, 2022.
  • The parent Declaration of Intent to accept/decline the offered Academy seat is due by February 28, 2022

To learn more about the information above, find your school at the link below.

Are you experiencing technical issues with the application on Focus? Contact 386-734-7190 ext. 25000 for support on technical issues. 

Volusia County Schools Videos- Career & Technical Education 

Volusia CTE Month 2022

CTE Dual Enrollment- Welding at Daytona State

Deltona High School Academy of Digital Media

University High School Biomed Academy

Online Learning Requirement

A minimum of one course must be earned through online learning. Students may meet the online requirement by completing a virtual course, blended learning course or by successfully completing a course in which a student earns an industry certification in information technology, or passing the information technology certification examination or passing an online content assessment, whereby the student demonstrates his or her skills and competency in locating information and applying technology for instructional purposes. The link below is a list of the CTE courses that meet this requirement: CTE IT Courses meeting requirement of Online Learning

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Department Contact:

Bree Castelli

Email: bacastel@volusia.k12.fl.us
Phone: (386) 734-7190 Ext. 20640