Watch the 2020 PHS Career Technical Education

VIRTUAL  Awards Ceremony

Tune-In to the Portsmouth School Department YouTube Channel

Celebrate Student Excellence and Achievement, CTE 2-Year Program Completers and the Induction of our 2020 National Technical Honor Society Members.

Remote Learning Message

Dear Portsmouth CTE Community:
Thank you for working to stay in touch and make our move to online learning a success. Teachers have been learning new platforms and creating Google Classrooms while caring for their own families at home. Parents and students have been juggling this new work from home balance with getting online to learn. Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side.

It is so important that we stay in touch, check emails daily throughout the week and support one another in this unique time. The PHS-CTC teachers, staff, and I are here if you have questions or want to reach out. Do not hesitate .

Take care of yourselves and your families. We miss everyone’s smiling faces and I look forward to jumping into some Zoom classrooms to see you all this week. Be well.


Courtney Ritchings, Director of Career & Technical Education

Portsmouth School Department 
50 Andrew Jarvis Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-7100  x2904
Our Mission

The mission of Career Technical Education (CTE) is to ensure that every citizen of New Hampshire graduates from high school, college and career ready.

CTE helps students gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and their chosen career.

Program Offerings

College Credit at Portsmouth High School

Portsmouth High School provides dual enrollment credit courses to juniors and seniors providing them the opportunity to earn college credit while attending high school. These courses are taught by qualified Portsmouth High School teachers using the syllabi and text of the corresponding course offered at the credit granting institution. Students may earn up to 3 college credits at the same time as earning high school credit. Students must make the commitment to take the courses as college courses at the start of the course and pay the tuition fee. Tuition is offered at a significant discount. Students successfully completing the high school course receive dual credit; high school credit and college credit at the same time.

Currently, we offer Running Start courses through Great Bay Community College, Lakes Region Community College,  Southern New Hampshire University and Manchester Community College.

The following courses are dual enrollment courses:

Great Bay Community College

Introduction to Business


Object Oriented Programming

Web Development

Java Programming

Introduction to Python

Lakes Region Community College

Culinary Arts II

Southern New Hampshire University

Education & Teacher Training I

Education & Teacher Training II

Manchester Community College

Welding II

Click here to download the College Credit Brochure

Career Services

CTE Study Skills | Seminar Based Activities | Career and College Planning | Career Preparation | Work-Based Learning Activities

Cooperative Education

The cooperative education program provides on-the-job experience that is supplemental to classroom and laboratory instruction.

Work Education

The work education program is designed for any student who requests credit for part time employment and is not eligible for cooperative education credit.


Our internships provide students with hands-on, true to life, work experience to strengthen their job skills and build their resume.

Get In Touch

Address:    50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth, NH-03801

Phone:       603-436-7100 x2903

Fax:             603-436-6793

Administrative Asst:   Beth Harriman

Phone:        603-436-7100 x2903


Director:     Courtney Ritchings

Phone:         603-436-7100, Ext. 2904


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