New Hampshire

New Hampshire

New Hampshire's mission is to promote CTE as a total educational philosophy, which will ensure that every citizen of New Hampshire graduates from high school ready and prepared for the world of work or education.

The Bureau of Career Development provides leadership and support for the CTE system at both secondary and postsecondary levels. This system provides education in career pathways leading to employment opportunities and education.

CTE Delivery: 

CTE is offered through the following institutions: 

  • Regional technical centers (high school-level programs)
  • Community colleges (postsecondary-level programs)
Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-162016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsNoYes
Academic Skills - MathematicsNoYes
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2016-172016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeYesYes
Student Retention or TransferYesYes
Student PlacementYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationNoYes
Nontraditional CompletionNoNo
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$5,804,502$6,148,797
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary80%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary20%
Career Clusters: 

New Hampshire uses the National Career Clusters® Framework as an organizing scheme for CTE programs.  The Community College System of New Hampshire developed and implemented a similar scheme for organizing all of its programs based on seven academic focus areas.  The Department of Education developed lists of high school course sequence recommendations vertically aligned with each community college academic focus area.  Those course sequence recommendations also include state approved CTE programs aligned with each academic focus area.  Alignment between Career Clusters at the secondary level and academic focus areas at the postsecondary level will help support career pathway planning for students intending to access both systems.

Programs of Study: 

New Hampshire operates Programs of Study in the following Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster
  • Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster
  • Business Management & Administration Career Cluster
  • Education & Training Career Cluster
  • Finance Career Cluster
  • Government & Public Administration Career Cluster
  • Health Science Career Cluster
  • Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
  • Human Services Career Cluster
  • Information Technology Career Cluster
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
  • Manufacturing Career Cluster
  • Marketing Career Cluster
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster
Perkins Eligible Agency: 

New Hampshire Department of Education

State Director: 
Eric Frauwirth
State Administrator
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

High school to community college alignment only matters if it’s visible to students, also known as career pathway travelers, and the teams of adults who influence travelers’ planning decisions.  In order to support effective transitions from secondary to career and postsecondary education, state resources and personnel are developing strategies to make those transition avenues visible to each pathway traveler and to each pathway traveler’s team of career advisors.

New Hampshire offers dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and Career Pathways Plans of Study to help facilitate the transition from secondary to postsecondary. Postsecondary institutions and local secondary CTE centers enter into agreements to develop and manage concurrent enrollment programs.  Secondary and postsecondary CTE programs are required to maintain credit transfer agreements as part of the criteria for federal Perkins funds. New Hampshire Department of Education provides guidance and resources to support the local articulation agreements.

Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.