Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study involving a multi-year sequence of courses integrating core academic curriculum with technical and occupational curriculum, to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers. The pathways create an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance to prepare students for college and career readiness. Many CTE programs are aligned with the field of study known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).Key components of CTE programs include:
High quality curriculum and instruction: alignment with CA Standards for Career Ready Practice, Knowledge and Performance Anchor Standards, CTE Pathway Standards, CCSS (Common Core State Standards), and industry standards in pathway classes.
An inquiry-based approach: Shift to utilizing essential questioning strategies, student learning targets, and product or performance based summative assessments.
Project based learning: Hands-on experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
Career exploration and guidance: Workforce based learning including: employability skills, mentoring, and internships.
Sequence of courses: Provides students a pathway to expertise and completion of the pathway (2-3 levels of Introduction, Concentrators, and Capstone courses).
Student leadership development: Career Technical Student Organizations (DECA, FCCLA, FFA, and SkillsUSA).
Industry certifications.Industry partnerships: Industry advisory meetings, community classroom/internships, work based learning, field trips, and featured guest speakers.
College credits: Articulation agreements with local community colleges.
A-G credit: U.C. approved courses.
Our secondary schools offer CTE programs in 10 Industrys Sectors and 18 Pathways.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Arts, Media & Entertainment
Digital, Visual & Media Arts
Production & Managerial Arts
FHS and VdLHS
Building Trades & Construction
Residential & Commercial Construction
Education, Child Development & Family Services
Engineering & Architecture
CHS, FHS & VdLHS
Health Science & Medical Terminology
Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation
Food Service & Hospitality
CHS and KHS
Software & Systems Development
FHS and VdLHS
Games & Simulations
Manufacturing & Product Development
Welding & Materials Joining
Product Innovation & Design
FHS & KHS
Marketing, Sales & Service
CHS and FLHS