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A Few Course Overviews

See the curriculum guide for all course offerings and the course descriptions.

Child Growth & Development is a course where students will gain knowledge and understanding of child development from prenatal through early adolescence stages. Students will study and apply physical, social, emotional, and intellectual principles. 

School Age Child Development is a course where students will gain knowledge and understanding of school age child development from age 4 through early adolescence stages. Students will study and apply through observation and hands-on interaction physical, social, emotional, and intellectual principles. Articulates with Elgin Community College ECE 174.

Interior Design is a course where students examine the interrelationship of human needs, culture, and housing. They trace the development of housing from primitive shelter to today’s high-tech homes. Students learn about design in housing, floor plans, housing construction, and materials, furniture styles, appliances, and decorating materials. A final project will be prepared and their design presented as if there is a client-designed relationship. 


What is "Career Ready?"

While there is no debate that a rigorous level of academic proficiency, especially in math and litera­cy, is essential for any post-high school endeavor, the reality is that it takes much more to be truly considered ready for a career.

Career Ready

Academic Skills + Employability Skills + Technical Skills

Career readiness involves three major skill areas:  core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area; and technical, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway.

Source:  ACTE-Association for Career and Technical Education


Career Clusters & Career Pathways
Illinois Pathways STEM
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore the career pathways contained within the career clusters to begin a plan linking what you learn in school with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the demands of post-secondary education, training and the expectations of employers.
Education & Training
Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.


Human Services
Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.


Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.


Opportunities to Earn Valuable Credentials

With CTE, add value to your overall education by earning industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school. Credentials signal real-world preparedness to employers and postsecondary educators.


Certifications that reflect 21st century skills competencies will make you a more attractive candidate for college admission and career positions. Mastery of 21st century skills signals that you are ready to transition successfully to higher-level learning and earning. Central CTE courses help you prepare for the following certifications:

Articulation Agreements

Elgin Community College [ECC] awards college credit to Central High School students when learning experiences at the high school level of instruction duplicate those at the college level. College credit enables you to receive advanced placement, save time and money, and avoid duplication of material already learned. See ECC's website for more information: www.elgin.edu

The following CHS high school courses are articulated with ECC courses in the career and technical areas, and you may earn college credit for the high school course(s) if you earn an A or B.

  • 1030 Keyboarding/Software Apps
  • 1035 Keyboarding 2
  • 1042 Microsoft Word Certification
  • 1043 Microsoft Excel Certification
  • 1105 Web Design 1 or 1106 Web Design 2
  • 1052 Multimedia Production
  • 1100 Intro to Computer Program 1 & 1101 Intro to Computer Program 2
  • 1005 Accounting 1
  • 1015 Marketing
  • 1085 Child Growth & Development and 1086 School Age Child Development


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