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Career Pathways

In an effort to provide quality career technical education (CTE), many high schools have developed career pathways. A career pathway is a distinct set of course sequences that take you through three phases of technical learning: introductory, intermediate, and advanced.

With CTE, you are able to apply your knowledge within a set of related career options and, at the same time, explore your career interests. California Career Pathways are available in fifteen California Industry Sectors including:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Building Trades and Construction
  • Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Engineering and Design
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • Finance and Business
  • Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Public Services
  • Transportation

CTE can help you:

  • Meet your high school graduation requirements
  • Earn community college credits
  • Determine if you need education beyond high school and what kind of education you should get
  • Prepare for full-time employment after high school or college
  • Explore areas of interest and engage in hands-on learning
  • Keep you interested in your studies

You can find out more about career pathways in your geographic area by asking your school counselor or going to CTE California Pathways.