Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career and Technical Education?
Career and technical education prepares students with technical skills necessary for a wide range of careers. These careers may require varying levels of education—from high school and postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees. Specific CTE departments at Whitewater High School include Agricultural Science, Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, and Technology and Engineering Sciences.

Who should take Career and Technical Education courses?
Career and technical education can provide a foundation of skills that enables high school graduates to be gainfully employed—either full-time or while in college. Nearly two-thirds of all high school graduates of career and technical programs enter some form of postsecondary program. Rigorous academic content tied to technical subject matter ensures that these students will be ready for college. The internships and other cooperative work experiences that are a hallmark of technical education are attractive to all students who want to get a head start on a career, whether that career goal is doctor or nurse, landscape architect, automotive technician, business professional, or hospitality manager.

What are advanced standing and articulated courses?
Courses in the WHS Course Handbook labeled as advanced standing (AS) are articulated with coursework at Gateway Technical College. These high school courses contain competencies that are recognized as equivalent to those in a technical college course. Students taking advanced standing courses earn high school credit with potential to later apply credits to a technical college. WHS transcripts will list these courses with an AS following the course name.

What are transcripted courses?
Transcripted courses are actual technical college courses, using college level textbooks and materials,
and taught to high school students. Students taking transcripted courses simultaneously earn high school
and technical college credit. These are known as dual credit courses.

What is a career pathway?
A career pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career related courses, commencing in ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate and beyond. It is developed, implemented and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business, and employers and available to all students.