Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education


Office for Career and Technical Education
Mercer Administration building
269 First St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Career and Technical Education is available at Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

Pittsfield Public Schools offers thirteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for high school students who reside in Pittsfield as well as for high school students from our neighboring communities. Our programs prepare students for high-demand careers as well as post-secondary education. The courses are challenging and rigorous. A student enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program must take the same core academic courses offered to their college preparatory peers.

It is recommended that the students enroll in the Career Exploratory program at their high school in their freshmen year. During their time in the Career Exploratory course the student will rotate through all the CTE programs offered at his or her high school.  At the end of the exploratory process, students who qualify can be enrolled into the program of their choice. Program placement is based on the criteria contained in the admissions policy. 

Students residing outside of Pittsfield may also apply to the district’s CTE programs. There are specific rules and laws relating to nonresident acceptance. For more information please contact the CTE office at 413-448-9601. 

For information on the post-graduate Cosmetology Program at Pittsfield High School, visit the Pittsfield High website.

Some useful links.

The following link provides two applications. The first is the Intra-District Transfer application and the second is the CTE Application. There is an English and Spanish version of each application. 

Download the application form here. 

The following link provides the Pittsfield Public School Career and Technical Education program admission policy.

Download the admissions policy here.

The next link will access a booklet the describes the CTE program and answers some FAQ's.

Review our booklet here.


Dates for students enrolling into CVTE Programs for the first time
February 1
Pittsfield CTE Eighth Applications date

This application date is of particular importance for eighth grade students electing Career Technical Education Programs. In particular, all students wishing to apply for an intra-district transfer to take a CTE program at the high school that is considered out of district need to file an application by this date. 

April 1
Vocational Programs Nonresident Deadline

Non PPS students wishing to be considered for a CTE program must have their application in the CTE office at the Mercer building located at 269 First St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 by April 1.

Forms from resident students (students living in Pittsfield) wishing to enroll in a CTE program outside of Pittsfield (e.g., McCann Tech or Smith) must be received by this date. Forms for transfer received after this date may not be approved

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