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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education classes are designed to prepare you for occupations needed in your community and the state; they help you achieve your career needs and desires.

The California Department of Education's Career Technical Education definition is:

Career Technical Education engages all students in a dynamic and seamless learning experience resulting in their mastery of the career and academic knowledge and skills necessary to become productive, contributing members of society.

There are 15 industry sectors in California's Career Technical Education. Each industry sector has two or more career pathways. These pathways prepare you for postsecondary courses in rewarding careers.

Your school counselor can assist you with choosing Career Technical Education courses at your school. Since more than 11,000 CTE courses satisfy A–G requirements for California public university systems, CTE courses at your school may also meet A–G requirements. 

You can use the California Program of Study [DOC] [PDF] to track your CTE work and create your high school graduation plan.