LIFE-Changing Learning

The collaboration between the Billings CTE Program, Billings School District 2 (SD2) and a number of local businesses offers students multiple educational pathways that help them transition from the classroom to the workforce.

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Local businesses strengthened by CTE programs

Local businesses and industry are strengthened when they get involved with strong CTE programs like ours. Learn more about how supporting students as they gain employability skills and real world experience will directly benefit your organization.

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Students and their parents can be overwhelmed as they plan for their educational future. CTE is a great option to get a head start, gain college credit and begin building a resume with real, sought after and valuable experience.


OUR CTE pathways offer students content-rich programs containing both academic
and hands-on skills giving them solid foundations upon which to build.

Interested in any of our CTE pathways? Reach out to a career coach to learn more.


There are many reasons students choose to pursue their educational goals through CTE. See below to review our most commonly asked questions.


The sooner students understand their career passions, the more prepared they can be for future careers. Career coaches are located at each high school to help connect students to employers through real-world experiences.

What is a career coach and how do they assist students?

We have many opportunities available for students to explore careers. Here are some examples:

  • Career Assessments in our career platform, Xello
  • One-on-one coaching appointments with a career coach
  • Job Shadows
  • Workplace Experience Internships
  • Employer presentations/ Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Career Fairs or Community Events
  • Find part-time jobs
  • Help with resumes

What is a workplace experience internship and what are the benefits?

Internship offers many benefits, such as:

  • Application of classroom learning to the workplace
  • Exploration of career options
  • A chance to “reality test” – try out one’s interests, values, and abilities in a work setting
  • Development and enhancement of employability skills
  • An increase of one’s self-confidence as a student and worker
  • An opportunity to practice job search skills and expand one’s network of professional contacts
  • Relevant work experience to add to one’s resume to demonstrate interest and commitment to a field
  • An opportunity for leadership and/or character development

What is the difference between a job shadow and workplace experience internship?

A job shadow offers students the opportunity to visit a business for a half or full day to observe a professional in a career of their choice. Students are eligible to do one or many job shadows. A job shadow is a great way for juniors and seniors to sample various careers.

In a workplace experience internship, students can earn credit while gaining job skills in a career of their choice. This is a focused experience over one semester or more. While a workplace experience internship can still help a student decide or eliminate a career for their future, this type of experience is reserved for students (usually seniors) who are very interested in a particular career and want to gain work experience.

What assistance do you offer for students looking for a job?

Career coaches help students with:

  • Searching for a job
  • Completing job applications
  • Writing a resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for an interview

When are job shadows offered?

Job shadows are available during the fall and spring semesters.

What are the qualifications for a workplace experience internship?

We typically reserve internship opportunities for seniors while encouraging job shadows for juniors. Additionally, students must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for a workplace experience internship:

  • Must be in good academic standing, strong attendance record and on track to graduate
  • Must have taken at least some or all of the classes offered by SD2 in their area of interest

Students can contact their career coach to learn how to request a workplace experience internship.

Can students sign-up for an internship any time?

Students interested in an internship should contact their Career Coach at their high school or the Career Center.

Internships take time to set up, so students must visit with their Career Coach by the following dates for the best possible chance of getting an internship.

  • Fall semester: May 17
  • Spring semester: November 1

Where can I find information about businesses/organizations looking/willing to hire?

Check out the following resources:

Or reach out to Bo or Deb at the Career Center!

How does a student schedule an appointment with a Career Coach?

Use the contact form below, or email, call or stop by the Career Coach office at your home school or at the Career Center. Depending on the day, appointments are available before and after school, or the Career Coach can call a student from a class, as needed.


How do businesses get involved with School District 2?

Employer Profiles 

  • Employer profiles help organizations showcase what they have to offer and allow students and employers to connect in safe and secure ways.

Job Shadowing 

  • Employers can make themselves or employees within the organization available for students to experience “a day in the life” of a professional in their career field of interest. 

Interview a Professional 

  • Employers can allow students to interview them, or their employees in person, online or by phone to give students a better understanding of the work they do. 

Work-based Learning Experiences Internships

  • Employers may decide to open up internships or temporary employment opportunities to career seekers, an excellent way for students to gain exposure and help employers evaluate up and coming talent. 

Company Tours 

  • This is an employer’s chance to allow their organization to shine as students tour the premises!

School Career Events

  • Come and share your expertise with students, so they can learn about careers in your field. Watch for events, such as lunch and learn sessions, mock interviews, or career fairs throughout the year. 

Note: All individuals wanting to work with students must fill out a background check form.

I want to get involved with Billings Public Schools CTE. What are my next steps?

Decide what activities are a fit for your business and contact us today!

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