What Are Career Pathways?

A CTE pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses within a student’s area of career interest.  Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career.

Why should students participate in a CTE pathway?

While in high school, students have the opportunity to acquire free technical skills training in the career field he/she is interested in.  Students will learn valuable technical skills and soft skills making them employable regardless of the field of study they actually end up in.

Are any CTE classes in pathways articulated with local community colleges?
Yes!  Many CTE courses are articulated with Mt. San Antonio College. 

How do CTE courses prepare students for college and career?
All CTE courses support the Common Core and CTE Model Curriculum Standards (MCS).  Learning rigorous academic skills, especially in English Language Arts and Mathematics are an integral part of each CTE course outline and competencies.  These skills help our students put English Language Arts and Mathematics to work in a real-world, hands-on environment they can relate to.  The CTE MCS are designed to assist school districts in developing high quality curriculum and instruction to prepare students for future careers.  The MCS were created with assistance from more than 300 representatives from business, industry, postsecondary and secondary education and reviewed by nearly 1000 members of the general public.  These standards are rigorous, evidence-based, relevant and reasonable in scope http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/mcsbriefpaper.asp


California Has 15 Industry Sectors

The state of California has identified 15 Industry Sectors. Each sector contains career pathways in which to develop Programs of Study. It is up to individual school districts and the region's corresponding colleges and business to conduct research into the industry and determine which sectors and careers can best serve the students, industry and community.

For each of the 15 Industry Sectors, Career Technical Education (CTE) standards were developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) to meet the demands of the twenty-first-century workplace; help students make a smooth transition into colleges and universities; and prepare graduates to successfully compete in the global community

The CTE standards are designed to assist schools in developing curriculum and measuring student achievement.  Each standard is aligned with one or more Common Core English language arts and mathematics standards.  Next Generation Science Core Ideas, and social studies standards.

This alignment Identification will give teacher guidance for integrating instruction, adding application and performance to academic content, engaging more students, and improving outcomes. 

Below are the 15 California CTE Industry Sectors and Pathways.  (Click on image to view larger).
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