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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is education that directly prepares you for the world of work by providing core academic and technical job specific skills for a wide range of high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers. Master the fundamentals of a new trade or profession or build on established skills.

Degrees and Certificates

CTE educates students in 16 career clusters and over 79 career pathways. College of DuPage offers over 250 degrees and certificates in a full range of existing and emerging industries and professions.

  • The Associate in Applied Science degree represents the completion of study in a career and technical education program. Students earning this degree may seek employment following graduation or transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university that has an articulation agreement with the College of DuPage.
  • Certificate courses of study are designed for students not pursuing an associate’s degree, but who are interested in taking technical or professional courses needed to enter a field of employment or update current skills.

Dual Credit

Career and Technical Education focuses on developing partnerships between high schools and postsecondary education, developing clear pathways for students to follow toward degrees and certifications. Students can earn dual credit while in high school. Dual credit students have the opportunity to enroll in selected courses at their high school and receive both college and high school credit. 

Cosmetology Program

Start earning your degree or certificate in the Cosmetology program. Once you complete the program, you will be awarded a certificate as well as transcripts needed to test for state certification.

workNet DuPage Career Center

The workNET DuPage Career Center offers a variety of resources for DuPage County residents who are looking to get job training and advance their careers. Get help with job development, school funding, resume help, interviewing, job leads and more. Visit worknetdupage.org for more information.

Contact Information

Adela Meitz, MS LCPC, Workforce Development and Student Resource Specialist
Workforce Development Services
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle, Illinois 60532
(630) 942-2389
Email: meitza@cod.edu