This mixed-methods study analyzed student perceptions regarding the impact of career and technical education (CTE) programs on student engagement, mind-set, support of teachers, and school climate. The Tripod 7C instrument was utilized to gather quantitative data, while focus groups were utilized for gathering qualitative data. Survey results showed statistically significant differences between CTE and non-CTE subjects in the areas of care, captivate, and clarify. These findings were used to develop the questions and structure for the focus group discussions. The focus groups revealed four student-perception themes: teacher, environment, student engagement, and content. In the settings studied, CTE programs were noted to have significantly higher levels of student engagement, environments that are welcoming and warm, and caring adults.