CTE provides students with real world 21stcentury skills that make them career and college ready.
CTE provides students with not only career and academic skills, but soft skills that are needed for the modern workplace, such as: critical thinking; communication; team work; citizenship, integrity, and ethical leadership; research tools; creativity; and innovation.
1. What is CTE? CTE programs prepare students to enter today’s competitive workforce. CTE courses support the California Common Core State Standards and CTE Model Curriculum Standards, preparing students for a successful high school experience, post-secondary options and the world of work. 2. Is CTE only for students who are not college bound? No. CTE is designed forall students,providing a foundation of industry based technical skills and academic knowledge. CTE courses help all students make informed decisions about college and career choices. 3. Are CTE teachers credentialed? Yes. All instructors who teach CTE classes hold preliminary or clear Designated Subjects CTE credentials issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. To qualify for a CTE preliminary credential, CTE teacher candidates must show evidence of a minimum of three years of work experience directly related to each industry sector named on the credential. They must possess a high school diploma, GED or the foreign equivalent of a high school diploma. Candidates must obtain a fingerprint clearance and recommendation by Commission approved CTE program sponsor. Candidates are required to complete a rigorous teacher preparation program from an accredited LEA or university program. 4. Can students earn community college credit for taking CTE classes? Yes. Many CTE classes have articulation agreements with local community colleges. 5. Do any CTE courses offer UC a-g credit? Yes. Statewide there are over 11,000 CTE courses that earn UC a-g credit. 6. Where can students find out about CTE classes offered at their high school? Students should contact their school counselors for CTE course offerings and enrollment information.