What is Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)?
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) provides students in Grades 5 to 9 with the opportunity to explore their interests and career possibilities.
CTF builds students’ understanding of the world around them as they explore their interests and passions to learn about various careers, and occupational area skills, knowledge and technologies.
Students are involved in planning/designing, creating, appraising and communicating solutions for relevant problems. As students engage in hands-on challenges, they develop social/interpersonal, life, and work skills. These student-focused challenges often bring together literacy, numeracy and competencies through an interdisciplinary approach.
Project based learning, which is an instructional approach built on authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation is used in CTF.
CTF provides a foundation for students transitioning into Career and Technology Studies (CTS) in Grades 10 through 12.
Benefits for Students
CTF provides students with the opportunity to:
- Explore personal areas of interest to discover their passions.
- Engage in active and hands-on learning by creating real-life products, performances and/or services.
- Connect learning from core subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English Language Arts in practical projects.
- Strengthen the connection between school and personal post-secondary and career pathways or goals.
What is an Occupational Area?
An occupational area is a grouping of courses that focuses on attitudes, skills and knowledge related to specific work areas.
Here are the different Occupational Areas listed by Cluster:
Enterprise and Innovation
Management and Marketing
Community Care Services
Health Care Services
Human and Social Services
The CTF occupational areas are grouped into five Clusters that represent occupational groupings found within industry.
CTF Challenges or projects integrate at least two Occupational Areas providing students with an opportunity to experience the skills, knowledge and technologies associated with those areas.
Here is the link to the Alberta Program of Studies:
For More Information:
CTS/CTF and Dual Credit Coordinator