Pearson Launches 21 New Online Career Technical Education (CTE) Courses for Students in Grades 9-12

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For schools and school districts nationwide, CTE courses will integrate core academics with real-world career relevance.

These new courses are a great way for students to ‘try-out’ a career that interests them

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announced 21 new online career technical education (CTE) courses for high school students interested in exploring a variety of careers and gaining career-specific knowledge. The courses are part of the GradPoint and Connections Learning suite of virtual and blended learning solutions and will be available to districts and schools in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, respectively.

“These new courses are a great way for students to ‘try-out’ a career that interests them – and because they are delivered online, they provide more flexibility and personalization for students while teachers are better able to focus on the needs of individual students,” said Steven Guttentag, president of Connections Learning, a division of Pearson.

Aligned to 8 of 16 recognized Career Clusters® developed by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the new courses cover Clusters such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security. Each course links school-based learning with knowledge and skills required for success in the workplace. Courses will be available through Connections Learning as well as 26 Connections Academy public schools in 25 states and the International Connections Academy private school.

Available Fall 2013:

  •     Anatomy & Physiology
  •     Business Communication
  •     Criminal Investigation
  •     Health, Safety & Nutrition
  •     Introduction to Business
  •     Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  •     Introduction to Finance
  •     Introduction to Law
  •     Introduction to Psychology
  •     Introductory Astronomy
  •     Medical Terminology

Available Spring 2014:

  •     Accounting 1
  •     Administrative Duties and Office Management
  •     Business Information Systems
  •     Business Law
  •     Introduction to Criminal Justice
  •     Introduction to Homeland Security
  •     Introduction to Medical Assisting
  •     Introduction to Sociology
  •     Principles of Marketing
  •     Research Methods

Courses include engaging multi-media content, personalized study guides, interactive exercises, and more.

According to the National Center for Education Services, some 14 million students are enrolled in CTE, encompassing every state, with programs in nearly 1,300 public high schools. For more information about the benefits and growth of CTE visit the NASDCTEc website at

Guttentag continued, “There is growing interest in CTE and we are meeting the needs of schools and districts looking to enhance their course offerings with quality online, and cost-effective, career technical education.”

For more information, visit or learn more at the following industry event:

National Charter Schools Conference
June 30-July 2, 2013
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.
Booths 4011 and 5010

About Pearson
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