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Career and Technical Education

School to Work

Career and Technical Education in Lafayette Parish offers benefits for all students ranging from providing a contextual environment for developing high-level academic skills, to providing specific industry certification in an occupational field.  Career and Technical Education offers education benefits to students pursuing careers requiring specific technical skills, as well as providing a strong foundation for those pursuing a traditional four-year (or more) degree.  It is an integral component of the total education mission, contributing to the goals of high academic achievement, student retention and motivation, and the development of general workplace and life skills.  Students participating in Career and Technical Education programs are prepared to be successful at the next level in the workplace or in education.

Contact Us
Career & Technical Education
202 Rue Iberville
Lafayette, LA 70508-1502

About Us

The Department of Career & Technical Education is a combined effort of skills development programs, career academies, small learning communities, and alternative pathways. We promote a school-to-work environment for all students by developing real-world skills which are so valuable in a highly competitive job market. All CTE programs are design to give students options from immediate post-high school employment, 2-year community college programs, or a 4-year university track. 

Student Programs

Skills Programs
Business Education
Family & Consumer Science
Industrial Technology
W. D. and Mary Baker Smith Career Center Programs

Student Organization
Future Farmers of America  (FFA)
Future Business Leaders of America  (FBLA)
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Distribution Education Clubs of America (DECA)
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Career Academies
Academy of Business & Finance
Academy of Health Careers
Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
Academy of Information Technology
Academy of Legal Studies
Academy of Visual and Applied Arts
David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy
Early College Academy
Performing Arts Academy 

Alternative Education
Middle School Alternative

W.D. and Mary Baker Smith Career Center

Disclaimer:  The Lafayette Parish School System does not discriminate in its education and employment programs on the basis of religion; age; race; color; national origin; gender; marital or parental status or disability and complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Inquiries regarding Title VI, Title IX, 504 and ADA may be made to the Lafayette Parish School System.

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