COLLEGE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
College, Career Technical Education (CCTE) is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. Programs of study include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education.
Students completing a career pathway take foundation, intermediate and capstone courses related to the field of study. Students are encouraged to complete an internship in the industry prior to finishing their senior year. A program of study may also lead to completion of A-G requirements, articulated community college credit, an industry-recognized credential, certificate at the postsecondary level, an associate or baccalaureate degree.
CCTE in the state of California is organized around 15 industry sectors, or groupings of interrelated occupations and broad industries. Each sector has two or more career pathways. A career pathway is a coherent sequence of rigorous academic and technical courses that allow students to apply academics, develop technical skills and make industry connections. Course sequences prepare students for successful completion of state academic and technical standards and more advanced postsecondary coursework related to the career in which they may be interested.