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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (called CTE) programs offer a head start into the job market. CTE programs help you develop the technical and employability skills needed to succeed in the world of work.

In addition to engaging coursework, CTE can give you real world experience through job shadowing and internships. You may even be able to earn nationally recognized industry certifications that can give you a boost toward a good paying job after high school.

Check out California’s 15 industry sectors for programs and pathways to find an option that looks interesting to you:

  1. Agriculture and Natural Resources (PDF)
  2. Arts, Media, and Entertainment (PDF)
  3. Building and Construction Trades (PDF) Robotics
  4. Business and Finance (PDF)
  5. Education, Child Development, and Family Services (PDF)
  6. Energy, Environment, and Utilities (PDF)
  7. Engineering and Architecture (PDF)
  8. Fashion and Interior Design (PDF)
  9. Health Science and Medical Technology (PDF)
  10. Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation (PDF)
  11. Information and Communication Technologies (PDF)
  12. Manufacturing and Product Development (PDF)
  13. Marketing, Sales, and Services (PDF)
  14. Public Services (PDF)
  15. Transportation (PDF)

Worried about getting ready for college and meeting your A–G graduation requirements? Good News! More than 11,000 CTE classes meet A–G requirements. If you’re going to take college classes, your CTE classes may give you an advantage because you’ll already have hands-on experience with the course content.

See a school counselor to get into a CTE program at your school. Or get started now by finding programs offered in your district. Go to your district’s website and use search terms like Career Technical Education, CTE, industry sectors, and/or pathways. (You can find your district’s website using the California School Directory.)