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Career and Technical Education

Milton Hershey’s words are still the  cornerstone of our approach to education  today. Our renowned Career  and  Technical Education (CTE) program pushes our students to explore career options and then accelerates their growth by giving them tailor-made instruction with the ability to work in their chosen career path.

Why do you have students focus on career paths?

Studies show that students with a career concentration do better in all areas of high school. By expanding the career technical education program, we’re better preparing our students for success. MHS students are able to choose from 11 different career pathways. Through academic lessons and hands-on instruction, students gain specific job skills and career/technical training in a particular field.

The main object in view is to train young men and women to useful trades and occupations, so that they can earn their own livelihood.” – Milton Hershey

In health and science, for example, students will receive a foundation that goes beyond a basic program. Students also will learn from professionals in the field at nearby Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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What career paths are available?

In fourth grade, MHS students begin exploring 11 career pathways, and in ninth grade, they narrow their areas of interest to four. At the end of their ninth grade year, students select a pathway to devote their attention for the remainder of high school.

They can choose from the following concentrations:

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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Automotive Technology

Business/Financial Management & Accounting:

Computer Science & Innovation


Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Services

Electronic Media & Journalism

Engineering & Design

Graphic Communication Technologies

Health Science

Law, Public Safety & Security

Learn more about our CTE pathways.

How do you provide workplace experiences?

Another benefit of the CTE program is the opportunity it provides to gain valuable workplace learning experiences. MHS partners with The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Hershey Center for Applied Research Inc., and many local businesses to give students a meaningful work experience.

Students may participate in a culinary co-op at The Hotel Hershey, an internship at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, or do job shadowing at a local printing company. Whatever the CTE pathway chosen, there are opportunities for students to learn and to start building their résumés for the future.

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Would my child obtain professional certifications?

Beginning in ninth grade, students are encouraged to participate in industry-recognized certification exams. With the support of CTE teachers, students rigorously prepare for exams, and many CTE pathways offer multiple certification opportunities.

In the classes of 2012  to 2017, 100 percent of graduating seniors earned at least one industry-recognized certification in his or her area of study.  In the last five-plus years, the number of certifications has nearly tripled for MHS students.

Industry-recognized certification opportunities

Learn more about our 88 industry-recognized certifications.

Do you have specialized teachers in the program?

We have our students learn from the best instructors who are  experts in their respective field and  national and state educational organizations are taking notice:

  • In 2017, the Law, Public Safety and Security career pathway was awarded the national Excellence in Action Award from Advance CTE, an organization that advocates for high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the nation.
  • Dr. Jaunine Fouché, MHS STEAM and Agricultural & Environmental Education Director, was one of the recipients of the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
  • The Hershey Honors Authentic Business Management Program, a collaboration between MHS and The Hershey Company, won the 2013 Outstanding Business/Education Partnership Award presented by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education.
  • The Graphic Communication Technologies program earned the 2013 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence, presented by the Printing Industries of America. This was the first time a Pennsylvania school won the award.
  • The Hershey Honors Authentic Business Management Program also was awarded top honors for Workplace Innovation in 2012 by PR News.
  • Law, Public Safety, & Security teacher Dave Curry was named 2013 Residential Educator of the Year by the Coalition for Residential Education (CORE).

Career/Technology Education Pathway

Students receive hands-on training in their Career/Technology Education pathway.

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