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Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs

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Career Technical Education Programs

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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. Integration of the 11 Elements of High Quality CTE Programs.

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, HOSA 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


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Vista del Lago High School CTE Video


Our secondary schools offer CTE programs in 11 Industry Sectors and 20 Pathways.

INDUSTRY SECTOR

PATHWAYS

SITES

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriscience

CHS

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Animal Science

CHS

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Ornamental Horticulture

CHS

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Animation

VdLHS

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Digital, Visual & Media Arts

FHS & VdLHS

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Film/Video Production

FHS & VdLHS

 Arts, Media & Entertainment

Graphic Design

VdLHS

 Arts, Media & Entertainment

Production & Managerial Arts

FHS VdLHS

Building Trades & Construction

Residential & Commercial Construction

CHS

Education, Child Development & Family Services

Child Development

VdLHS

Engineering & Architecture

Architectural Design

FHS

Engineering & Architecture

Engineering Design

FHS & VdLHS

Health Science & Medical Terminology

Biotechnology

VdLHS

Health Science & Medical Terminology

Patient Care

CHS

Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation

Food Service & Hospitality

CHS & KHS

Information Technology

Software & Systems Development

FHS VdLHS

Information Technology

Games & Simulations

FHS

Manufacturing & Product Development

Welding & Materials Joining

KHS

Manufacturing & Product Development

Product Innovation & Design

CHS, FHS, VdLHS & KHS

Marketing, Sales & Service

Professional Sales

CHS