Career Technical Education


Alabama's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs develop the talents and skills of students in classroom settings that are rigorous, progressive and certified to international standards. Students have an opportunity to explore career options in more than 215 courses offered statewide and can earn advanced diplomas and college credit.

The Alabama Department of Education is the only state-level educational agency in the nation to receive certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for its business/industry certification (BIC) process, used to certify CTE programs for industry compliance.

At Boaz High School Career Technical Education is an integral part of the curriculum. We have four departments which offer students a wide variety of courses.  The departments include Health Services, Business, Family and Consumer Science, and Agriscience. As Boaz High School is transitioning to a academy model, the H3 academy is already in place.

Agriscience Education

Boaz High School’s Agriscience Education places a new emphasis on the integration of academic into existing agriculture/agriscience curricula, especially in the areas of science and mathematics. As a result of this emphasis, new programs are included in the Agriscience Education curriculum. This new direction serves two major purposes: (1) to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter and advance in agricultural careers and (2) to enable students to function as informed citizens in today’s society.

The objectives of Agriscience Education are:

  • To provide education in and about agriculture from the perspective of science and technology
  • To prepare students for employment in an agricultural career
  • To prepare students for entry into

    postsecondary programs in agriscience fields

  • To provide education about the role of

    Agriscience in the conservation of the Earth’s

    natural resources

  • To develop life and employability skills

    essential for successful employment

  • To develop skills needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities

      The Agriscience Education program is a comprehensive program providing students appropriate classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences through both classroom instruction and related organizational activities. These components are integrated to complement each other, providing an effective program for students and effectively utilizing instructional time.

Business Education

The goal of the Boaz High School Business Education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for economic success in the twenty-first century. This dynamic and challenging program prepares students for the accelerated changes taking place in the competitive business world. As students gain knowledge and professional experiences, they develop skills essential for success and build a strong foundation that enables them to become productive workers and citizens.

                The Business/Marketing program is designed for students with career interests in business and marketing. The curriculum provides flexibility regarding course selection as students pursue their individual career objectives. Careful attention has been given to ensure academic rigor, to develop technological skills and to encourage social responsibility necessary for participation in the global economy. The curriculum in structured to mirror the diversity within the business and marketing industry and to provide instruction in the required principles, concepts, attitudes, and skills for advanced study or employment.
This curriculum provides opportunities for students to become independent and lifelong learners. Students experience challenging activities and acquire critical thinking skills as they apply problem solving models. These goals include:

  • To encourage critical thinking skills
  • To promote educational values including economic understanding and consumer competencies
  • To promote character growth and development including human relations, good work habits, positive attitudes, and ethical standards.
  • To provide a realistic understanding of the work environment
  • To enhance employability skills
  • To reinforce basic skills in such areas as communication, mathematics, and technology
  • To stimulate interest in career development
  • To foster an appreciation of the free enterprise system


Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services H3 is an academy with four pathways: Therapeutic Services, Sports Medicine, Culinary Arts, and Food, Wellness, and Dietetics.

In each pathway, students will take a Foundations course that will be an overview of the pathway, and then a level 1 and level 2 course that will take a more in-depth study of the pathway. In the student’s senior year, he/she will have the opportunity to complete a senior project. This project may include internships at area hospitals, restaurants, etc. Throughout the journey in the academy, students will complete projects that are cross-curricular and will understand the importance of core subjects in the pathway they have chosen.

Cooperative Education

The Boaz High School Career/ Technical cooperative Education program is a structured component of the career/Technical education curriculum that integrates classroom instruction and learning with productive, supervised work-based experiences in fields related to students’ career objectives. Cooperative education partners students with school faculty and employers to provide students with progressive school and work-based experiences that integrate theory and application.
Cooperative Education, work-based experiences, and student  organization leadership activities provide many opportunities to enhance classroom instruction and career development.
Students eligible for participation in the Career/Technical Cooperative Education program must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The student has achieved concentrator status, indicating completion of two Career/Technical Education credits in a sequenced program of study related to the student’s career objective or the student is concurrently pursuing concentrator status while enrolled in Coordinated Studies. (A student must achieve concentrator status prior to participation in the work-based component of cooperative education.)
  • The student has earned two Career/Technical Education credits (one credit from two different programs of study). Both credits must be related to the student’s career objective.
  • The student has earned one Career/Technical Education credit and has earned one academic credit at a higher level than the minimum core course requirements specified for the Alabama High School Diploma.

    To successfully complete the Career/Technical Cooperative Education program, students must demonstrate all of the following:

  • Achievement of work-based experience related to a selected career field
  • Achievement of regular and continuing current employment
  • Achievement of a progression of increasingly difficult work-based tasks

Debbie Cole
Health Science

Adam Keenum

Denise Willis

April Shrader
Family and Consumer Science

Joe Milner

Eda Rutledge