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Career and Technical Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is learning that works for Vermont. CTE is helping our state and our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. CTE is developing Vermont's most valuable resource—its people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers—and keep Vermont working—in every sense of the word. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and their chosen career. CTE is leading change, transforming expectations and making the difference for students, for high schools and colleges, for business and industry, for Vermont.


  • Automotive Technology – leading to NATEF certification
  • Allied Health – leading to LNA certification
  • Precision Machining
  • Welding – leading to AWS certification
  • Innovation/Engineering Career Academy–based on Project Lead the Way curriculum
  • Diversified Agriculture
  • Graphic Arts
  • Maintenance and Operations

  • NATEF Certification for Automotive Technology
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • American Welding Society Certification

CTE in Vermont

The CTE team works with secondary schools and regional career centers to develop rigorous and relevant programs that help learners identify and pursue their career and life goals. Secondary, postsecondary and adult technical education courses are provided through career centers, comprehensive high schools and colleges. The state is required by 16 V.S.A. § 1531 to oversee career and technical education, to ensure that academic education is included in programs of study, to make it accessible to adult and high school students and to coordinate activities and programs with workforce development efforts. The agency meets these responsibilities and supports continuous improvement in technical education by:

  • Establishing high learning standards that incorporate academic and occupational competencies with 21st Century skill standards;
  • Developing student assessments that validate student learning to provide smooth transitions to careers and college;
  • Developing and upgrading programs to provide students with skills leading to high skill, high wage and high demand careers;
  • Providing professional development for faculty to stay current with new approaches to instructional strategies, technological developments in business and industry; and
  • Developing collaborative relationships between educators, business/industry stakeholders, students and community members.


  • In Vermont, a person is entitled to enroll in and complete a technical education program if the following criteria are met:
  • The individual is at least in the 11th grade in a graded school, OR is at least 16 in a non-graded situation; AND
  • The individual does not have a high school diploma; AND
  • The individual applies for the program; AND
  • The individual meets the admissions criteria set forth in the admissions policies of the technical center and the technical education program; AND
  • The individual is accepted in the program

Skills USA

Every year, students enrolled in Lyndon Institute's Career and Technical Education programs are eligible to participate in the state and, if they qualify, national SkillsUSA competitions.  SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations including health occupations.

In 2017, 18 Lyndon Institute students participated in the SkillsUSA Vermont Competition.  Eight of those students were awarded medals, with three of them being gold.  The gold medal winners will continue on to the national level and will participate in the SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition provides opportunities to earn scholarships, awards, and equipment. 

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The Technical Career Department at Lyndon Institute provides equal education opportunities to all learners regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital/civil union status. Questions about this policy should be directed to Twila Perry, Head of School at 802-535-3683 or email.

Earn college credit!

Students can also earn dual-enrollment college credit in selected classes:


Early Childhood Education
-    Intro to Early Childhood Education
     3 credits
-    Communication in Early Childhood 
     and After School Workplace
     3 credits
-    Infant and Toddler Development
     3 credits
-    Fostering Creativity - 3 credits
Allied Health 
-    Medical Terminology - 3 credits
-    Human Biology - 3 credits
Precision Machining
-    Intro to Lathes - 2 credits
-    Intro to Milling & Grinding - 
2 credits

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