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    Career Technical Education

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    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.

    Work-Based Learning

  • Our secondary schools offer CTE programs in 10 Industrys Sectors and 18 Pathways.

    INDUSTRY SECTOR

    PATHWAYS

    SITES

    Agriculture & Natural Resources

    Agriscience

    CHS

     

    Animal Science

    CHS

     

    Ornamental Horticulture

    CHS

    Arts, Media & Entertainment

    Digital, Visual & Media Arts

    FHS

     

    Film/Video Production

    VdLHS

     

    Graphic Design

    VdLHS

     

    Production & Managerial Arts

    FHS and VdLHS

    Building Trades & Construction

    Residential & Commercial Construction

    CHS

    Education, Child Development & Family Services

    Child Development

    VdLHS

    Engineering & Architecture

    Architectural Design

    FHS

     

    Engineering Design

    CHS, FHS & VdLHS

    Health Science & Medical Terminology

    Biotechnology

    VdLHS

    Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation

    Food Service & Hospitality

    CHS and KHS

    Information Technology

    Software & Systems Development

    FHS and VdLHS

     

    Games & Simulations

    FHS

    Manufacturing & Product Development

    Welding & Materials Joining

    KHS

     

    Product Innovation & Design

    FHS & KHS

    Marketing, Sales & Service

    Professional Sales

    CHS and FLHS