The aim of District U-46 is college and workplace readiness for all students. CTE courses offer
opportunities for students to work toward and/or earn professional industry certifications. These
certifications provide evidence of learning and skill development as students transition to post-secondary education and future careers.
NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)
To help vocational educators recruit, mentor and train tomorrow's technicians, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers certification for technician training programs. The purpose of the automotive technician training certification program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary public and proprietary schools. District U-46 currently has NATEF certified automotive programs at South Elgin and Larkin High Schools.
A career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and food service management. ProStart curriculum is the approved curriculum for junior and senior level Culinary courses in all five District U-46 comprehensive high schools.
A Microsoft certification program that provides opportunities for professional skill credentials in Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. Microsoft Office Specialist curriculum is the approved curriculum for all Computer Education courses in all five District U-46 comprehensive high schools.
In the face of a critical shortage of skilled personnel entering the wood manufacturing industry, WoodLINKS USA was established as a partnership between industry and education. WoodLINKS USA is an industry driven, secondary and post-secondary woodworking partnership program, helping to build and maintain a strong, skilled workforce so that U.S. manufacturers can remain competitive in today’s challenging economic environment. Elgin and South Elgin High School are currently working toward this professional certification.
NCRC (National Career Readiness Certification)
The National Career Readiness Certificate verifies to employers anywhere in the United States that an individual has essential core employability skills in Reading, Math and Locating Information. ACT has researched over 16,000 occupations, and these three skills are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace. The Certificate is an easily understood and nationally valued credential that certifies the attainment of these workplace skills. District U-46 has approximately 1500 graduates that have earned this certification.
NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills)
Skills in the metalworking industry are certified through the earning of NIMS credentials. The credentials are awarded on satisfactory completion of both performance tests and related theory exams. South Elgin and Streamwood High Schools are working toward this professional certification.
Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.)
A year course, offered at all five District U-46 comprehensive high schools, prepares students for careers as nursing assistants. Learning takes place in a classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. The program combines 108 hours of theory with 50 hours of hands-on training. Students learn about basic anatomy, disease/infection theory and develop long-term care skills. Curriculum and course requirements are approved and monitored by the Illinois Public Health department. Upon successful completion of both classroom and clinical instruction, students sit for the State of Illinois C.N.A. Certification exam.