Career and Technical Education (CTE) combines academic and occupational course work to help prepare students for not only their future careers, but post-secondary education as well. CTE students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications and participate in hands-on training in their chosen program, gaining real world experiences. Students who have completed three credits in a specific CTE pathway earn Concentrator status in their chose program(s). Those students will receive a certificate of completion, a graduation cord, and recognition by their high school.
Students should register for the ACT College Admissions Exam as soon as they are ready upon entering the 9th grade. The College and Career Readiness Program will help students to prepare for this exam. Students who are eligible could receive the exam for free; see your school counselor for more details.
Western Arkansas Technical Center is another way for students to become college and career ready by taking career specific courses. The WATC classes are free and allow students to take college credited courses while still in high school.
Naviance - A comprehensive K-12 College and Career Planning tool. Students use Naviance to plan for high school, build a digital portfolio, and prepare for life after graduation. Students are able to align their strengths and interests to the learning goals and career aspirations. Students have accounts beginning in the 7th grade and for one year beyond graduation. Students use www.clever.com to log in to their accounts.
Parent accounts are available for each of their children in the Fort Smith Public School system. The username and passwords are available through the school counselor. The link to follow to the site are available by clicking on the school mascot below for which the child is enrolled.