Career & Technical Education

Mooresville High School houses an exemplary career and technical education program for grades nine through twelve. With students competing each year in competitions, student internships, and apprenticeships with local businesses, the CTE program exemplifies the MGSD motto of Every Child, Every Day!

The Mooresville High School CTE program strives to prepare students for college and career readiness, as well as provide learning options that are appealing for students who might otherwise be at risk of leaving high school.  Offering CTE pathways has the potential to engage many more students and increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary success.

CTE Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on 21st century skills that prepare students for career and college. Career Clusters are broad groupings of occupations/career specialities, organized by common knowledge and skills required for career success. There are 16 Career Clusters and 79 Pathways (subgroupings of occupations/career specialities). These clusters and pathways are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design, school guidance, and as a framework for seamless transition to career and college. The Career Cluster approach makes it easier for students to understand the relevance of their required courses and helps them select their elective courses more wisely.

Career Clusters















Courses within Career Clusters

Here are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses that are offered within the various Career Clusters. These courses help students, parents, counceors, faculty, and career changer target a career pathway needed in high school scheduling, educational and employment goals.

Student Achievement and Accountability

Student achievement and progress may be evaluated by using the following measures: 
  • Written and oral pre- and post-assessments.
  • Performance tests with teacher or employer rating checklists including industry credentials.
  • Performance gains.
  • Observations of performance in class and on-the-job settings by teachers and job supervisors.
  • Evaluation of projects and products completed by the student, using checklists and rating scales.

Credentials: What can you earn at Woods?

Student Credentialing

Industry-recognized credentials ensure that North Carolina students graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education with validated 21 century skills.

Carpentry 1 & 2 

NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certifications

Core & Sustainable Construction

NCCER Core Certification


Autodesk Certified User (AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit) 

Film Production 2

Final Cut Pro certification

Foods 2


Health Science 2

Healthcare Provider CPR & First Aid

HVAC 1 & 2

NCCER Certifications 


CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) Refrigerant Certification

Intro to Automotive & Auto 1

AllData Certifications and Valvoline Oil Certifications

Marketing and Entrepreneurship 1

A*S*K (Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Business) Certifications through MBA Research

Microsoft Excel/Access

Microsoft Excel 2013 and Access 2013 Certifications

Microsoft Word/PowerPoint

Microsoft Word 2013 and PowerPoint 2013 Certifications

Pharmacy Tech

Pharmacy Tech Certification

It provides evidence of authority, status, and rights. Typically, a credential is a paper document. A credential may include, but is not limited to, a certification, multiple certifications, a license, an achieved occupational competency assessment, a diploma, or college degree.

Senior Concentrators in North Carolina will take WorkKeys, a national assessment of workplace readiness skills. Concentrators are students who earn four related technical credits in high school, at least one of which is at the second (completer) level. 

WorkKeys is a skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the United States. Students who achieve proficiency on WorkKeys’ examination will earn a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate/National Career Readiness Certificate.

North Carolina Articulation Agreement

The North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement is an agreement between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Community College System that provides a seamless process that joins secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study.

To receive articulated credit, students must enroll at the community college within two years of their high school graduation date and meet the following criteria:

  • Final grade of B or higher in the course, and;

  • A score of 93, or higher, on the standardized CTE post assessment.

Community college offficials verify eligibility and acceptance of articulted courses listed on the high school transcript. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation and/or demonstrate proficiency to receive credit. Colleges must follow the criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges in awarding credit.

High School Course Number
HS Course Title
Community College Course Number
CC Course Title
BA10 (6311)Accounting IACC 115 or ACC 118College Accounting or Accounting Fundamentals I
BM10 (6417)Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PublisherCIS 111 or CIS 124 or OST 136Basic PC Literacy or DTP Graphics Software or Word Processing
BD10 (6414)Multimedia and Webpage DesignWEB 110 or WEB 20Internet/Web Fundamentals or Intro to Internet Multimedia
BF05 (8726)Personal FinanceBUS 125Personal Finance
FE11 and FE12 (7111 and 7112) Early Childhood Education I and Early Childhood Education II EDU 119 Intro to Early Childhood Education
FN41 and FN42 (7045 and 7046)Foods I and Foods II Enterprise CUL 112 Nutrition for Food Service 
FN42 (7046) and ServSafe Certification Foods II Enterprise and ServSafe Certification CUL 110 and CUL 110A Sanitation & Safety and Sanitation & Safety Lab 
HU40 (7240)Health Science I BIO 161 Intro to Human Biology 
HU40 (7240) Health Science I MED 121 and MED 122 Medical Terminology I and Medical Terminology II 
HU42 (7242)Health Science II HSC 110 and HSC 120 or MED 180 Orientation to Health Careers and CPR or CPR Certification 
HH32 (7232) Pharmacy TechnicianPHM 110 Introduction to Pharmacy
ME11 (8716) Marketing ETR 230 or MKT 110 or MKT 120 Entrepreneur Marketing or Principles of Fashion or Principles of Marketing 
IT11 (7511) Auto Service AUT 110 Intro to Auto Technology 
IT12 (7512) Auto Brakes I AUT 151 Brake Systems 
IT14 and IT15 (7514 and 7515)Automotive Electrical and Automotive Electrical Advanced AUT 161 Basic Auto Electricity 
IC21 (7721)Carpentry I CAR 110 or WOL 110 or CST 110 Intro to Carpentry or Basic Construction Skills or Intro to Construction 
IC22 (7722)Carpentry II CST 111 Construction I 
IC23 (7723) Carpentry III CST 112 Construction II 
IC61 (7921) Drafting I DFT 111 and DFT 111A Technical Drafting I and Technical Drafting I Lab 
IC61 and IC62 (7921 and 7962)Drafting I and Drafting II-ArchitecturalDFT 115 or DFT 119 or ARC 114 Architectural Drafting or Basic CAD or Architectural CAD 
IC61 and IV22 (7921 and 7972) Drafting I and Drafting II-EngineeringDFT 151 CAD I 
IV23 (7973) Drafting III-Engineering DFT 112 and DFT 112A Technical Drafting II and Technical Drafting II Lab 
IC41 and IC42 (7741 and 7742)Electrical Trades I and Electrical Trades II ELC 113 Basic Writing I 
IM31 and IM32 (7631 and 7632) Electronics I and Electronics II ELC 112 and ELC 126 or EGR 131 DC/AC Electricity and Electrical Computions or Intro to Electronics Tech 
II21 (7991) Computer Engineering Technology I CST 120 Hardware/Software Support 
II22 (7992) Computer Engineering Technology IICST 220 Advanced Hardware/Software Support 

WorkKeys Certification

Senior Concentrators in North Carolina will take WorkKeys, a national assessment of workplace readiness skills. Concentrators are students who earn four related technical credits in high school, at least one of which is at the second (completer) level. WorkKeys is a skills assessment tool recognized by thousands of companies in the United States. Students who achieve proficiency on WorkKeys’ examination will earn a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate. For more Information, please use the links below:



Work-based Learning


Apprenticeship is a system of skilled occupational training that combines practical work experiences with related academic and technical instruction. An apprentice works on the job for an employer and is taught and supervised by an experienced person in the chosen occupation. The preplanned, progressively challenging work-based learning experience usually extends two to four years.

The apprentice is periodically evaluated and granted wage increases for satisfactory progress. Upon completion of the work and the related instruction, the apprentice is considered "skilled and knowledgeable" and will receive certification as a "journeyman" in the field.

Apprenticeship standards--established by the NC Department of Commerce - Apprenticeship and Training Bureau--are the minimum standards acceptable for any program. Local program standards may vary depending on local needs and should be developed in conjunction with all participating stakeholders.

** A program 4-year technical training partnership in the Charlotte, NC region


An internship is a work-based learning experience where a student participates in the daily operations of a work site under the direct supervision of a business mentor. The internship provides a realistic environment within which a student intern learns about a particular industry or occupation and applies knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. 

The work experience should contribute to the student's career pathway helping the student to narrow their career choices.

Internship Information

Internship Application (3 Recommendation forms, required)



 Job Shadowing is a short-term (usually a half day) educational experience that introduces an individual student to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee of a business, industry, or agency. By following or "shadowing" the employee, the student becomes familiar with the duties associated with that occupation, the physical setting of the occupation, and the compatibility of the occupation with his or her own career goals.

Rational of Job Shadowing

Shadowing develops an awareness of the educational and technical skills required for entry and advancement in a specific occupation. The student becomes familiar with the work-site environment and the job-related characteristics of the specific job or career. Shadowing provides students the opportunity to discuss areas of interest or concern with the employee in the "real world" occupation they are shadowing. By providing a relevant experience outside the classroom, employers are able to contribute to the education of youth and help prepare students for future career opportunities.

**More information coming soon.

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