Career Technical Schools

Today’s Career and Technical Centers (CTC) oper­ate as a school of choice designed for stu­dents who are seek­ing to enhance their edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram with a high­ly rel­e­vant career and tech­ni­cal expe­ri­ence con­nect­ed direct­ly to the real world of busi­ness and indus­try.  Over 400 busi­ness and indus­try advi­sors review and update the edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams annu­all

The CTC’s pre­pare stu­dents for mean­ing­ful careers whether they enter the work­force direct­ly after high school grad­u­a­tion or upon earn­ing a post‐secondary degree through rig­or­ous aca­d­e­mics, tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment.

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Bucks County map of school districts with the 3 career technical center's locations noted.

Upper Bucks County Technical School Logo

Upper Bucks County Technical School UBCTS serves near­ly 700 stu­dents in grades 9–12 from the Palisades, Pennridge and Quakertown school dis­tricts. We offer 21 pro­grams to stu­dents and adults in the indus­try clus­ters of Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Arts & Communications, Construction, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism, Law & Public Safety, and Transportation.

Upper Bucks County Technical School Logo

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology  Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) pre­pares both sec­ondary and adult stu­dents for tomorrow’s emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies by pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills to com­pete in a glob­al mar­ket­place and suc­ceed in col­lege. MBIT is a cam­pus of Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope/Solebury School Districts with 22 dif­fer­ent pro­grams.

Bucks County Technical High School logoBucks County Technical High School   BCTHS is a state‐of‐the‐art, com­pre­hen­sive tech­ni­cal high school locat­ed in Fairless Hills, PA.  The school serves high school stu­dents and offers 28 dif­fer­ent tech­ni­cal pro­grams.  Students learn using industry‐developed cur­ricu­lum that inte­grates into aca­d­e­m­ic cours­es, mak­ing them col­lege and career ready.  BCTHS also pro­vides train­ing for adults.  

Students Enrolled in CTCs:
  • Earn industry‐recognized cer­ti­fi­ca­tions
  • Earn advanced col­lege cred­its through artic­u­la­tion agree­ments with col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties
  • Explore mul­ti­ple career path­ways to con­firm their desired career
CTC Facts

Unlike in the past when the sole focus was on prepar­ing stu­dents for work, today’s CTCs pro­vide stu­dents with both aca­d­e­m­ic and tech­ni­cal skills to pur­sue a vari­ety of options after grad­u­a­tion that include appren­tice­ship pro­grams, degree pro­grams at two‐ and four‐year col­leges, pri­vate career schools, as well as industry‐sponsored edu­ca­tion and train­ing.

In today’s econ­o­my, a 4‐year degree no longer guar­an­tees suc­cess in life. Students must also have prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion skills in problem‐solving, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team work, crit­i­cal think­ing and lever­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gy. CTCs help stu­dents to devel­op these skills

A clos­er look at sup­ply and demand in the labor mar­ket uncov­ers anoth­er real­i­ty to con­tra­dict the belief that a four‐year col­lege degree is the tick­et to suc­cess. Professional occu­pa­tions make up only 20 per­cent of all jobs. Technical employ­ment is the fastest‐growing seg­ment of the labor mar­ket. Only 25 per­cent of all tech­ni­cal work requires a four‐year or grad­u­ate degree. The fastest‐growing piece of the high skill, high wage tech­ni­cal work­place is occu­pa­tions that require an associate’s degree.