ADE Division of Career and Technical Education

Occupational Areas

Agriculture Science and Technology

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success. Agricultural Education instruction is delivered through three major components: 1) Classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning), 2) supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning), and 3) student leadership opportunities and organizations (National FFA Organization).

Business and Marketing Technology

The Business and Marketing Department provides programs and courses to help prepare students for college and careers in a variety of business and marketing fields. Career and Technical Student Organizations, FBLA, FBLA-ML, and DECA, offer a differentiated and application-based curriculum for students pursuing a career in different business programs. It is the mission of the Business and Marketing Department that every student who completes a business program of study has the skills and credentials to achieve a successful future. 


Career Readiness\Work-Based Learning

The Career Readiness\Work-Based Learning Office provides courses that help students explore career choices and skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education and in the workplace. Analyzing personal abilities and interests while practicing soft skills prepares students to make informed choices in order to best achieve their career goals. Career Readiness and Work-Based Learning courses include a continuum of Work-Based Learning experiences culminating in the ability for students to have real-world opportunities through job placement. The National Career Readiness Certficate and its related coursework align to the courses in this office. 

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students to make informed choices regarding consumer education, food and nutrition, relationships, housing, and textiles and provides skills for careers in the Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Human Services career clusters.

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) provides support to at-risk youth to encourage them to achieve high school graduation. Along with academic support, JAG also provides work-based learning experiences that will lead them to further education and training and rewarding careers. Arkansas’s JAG program is the state affiliate of the national organization Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

The CTE STEM Education division provides leadership to STEM educators across the state and supports programs provided in comprehensive schools and technology centers. STEM programs provide a hands-on problem-based curriculum that allows students to explore opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry are a group of instructional programs that prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills in one or more trade, technical, and/or professional occupations. Students will engage in activities and instruction enabling them to use, create, problem and control various technology resources; people, tools, machines, information, materials, energy, capital, and time. SkillsUSA or HOSA are integral in each instructional program respectively. Students may participate in leadership activities and state and national competitions in the student’s area of interest.

ACT WorkKeys

WorkKeys Curriculum and Assessment

WorkKeys ToolKit

For more information, please contact:

Tim Johnston, Associate Director

Division of Career and Technical Education 

Arkansas Department of Education

Three Capitol Mall 

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone:  501-683-1705