Q: What is a CTE pathway?
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.
Q: Why should students participate in a CTE pathway?
While in high school, students have the opportunity to acquire technical skills training in the career field they are 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.
Q: How are pathways organized?
CTE pathways are made up of two courses: the concentrator (first class) and capstone (second class). In order for a student to receive the full benefit of the courses and complete the pathways, all courses within the pathways must be completed.
Q: How do we choose which pathways are offered?
The pathways offered are determined by local industry need. Pathways are developed with the input of industry professionals to ensure teachers are using a curriculum that includes current industry standards and practices as well as California CTE standards. Pathways are continually modified to fit industry needs.
Q: Are any CTE classes in pathways articulated with local community colleges?
Yes! Many CTE courses are articulated with Ventura County Community College District colleges. At the beginning of each school year, CTE teachers work with CTE transition coordinators from VCCCD to begin or renew their course articulation agreements. To learn more about the pathways available at our local community colleges, visit the Ventura County Community College District website today!
Q: How do CTE courses prepare students for college and career?
Learning rigorous academic skills, especially in English Language Arts and Mathematics is 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.