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Career Technical Education
WHAT IS CTE?
SRVUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) combines rigorous academic classes with industry specific knowledge and skills to prepare students for both post-secondary education and for direct entry into different careers. In the state of California, CTE courses fall under one of 15 different industry sectors which include: Arts, Media & Entertainment, Education, Child Development & Family Services, Energy, Environment & Utilities, Engineering & Architecture, Health Science & Medical Technology, and Information & Communication Technologies.
Our program provides students the opportunity to explore their future career pathways while building 21st century soft skills to apply to their college and career goals. In grades K-8, students spend time exploring career possibilities through varied school site events and targeted instruction in the classroom. In grades 9-12, students build authentic skills through our career pathways and electives, which provide in-depth experiences in different fields that may lead to possible college and/or career opportunities.
WHAT ARE CTE PATHWAYS?
CTE pathways are programs that offer students transferable career readiness skills. This means that even if a student chooses a different career, they will have gained valuable skills that ensure they are career ready for a different industry sector. A pathway consists of two or more classes in a sequence at the high school level. We are working towards expanding that to include the younger grades. CTE pathways also support students in building leadership skills through participating in mentorships, internships and other work-based learning opportunities.
This is a link to all CTE pathways currently offered at our High Schools (California High School, Del Amigo High School, Dougherty Valley High School, Monte Vista High School, San Ramon Valley High School).
This is a link to all the CTE courses available to students in the District.
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WORK-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
We want you, and the company you work for, to get involved with Work-based Learning with SRVUSD. What is it you ask? It is an education strategy that links classroom instruction to work-related experiences, aims to increase students’ technical skills and knowledge, and helps shape career decision making. Work-based learning is offered on K-12
campuses or in community locations, and includes the following kinds of activities:
- Field Trips (Visit places that enhance what’s being learned in the classroom)
- Guest Speaker
- Job Shadow (Temporarily observing an employee at a job site)
- Internship (Paid or unpaid training at a work site, structured between school and site)
- Competition (Project-based career-related contests)
- Mock Interview (Practice job interviews with industry volunteers)
- Mentoring (Ongoing communication with an industry mentor regarding careers)
- Bridge Visits from HS to Community College (High school students visiting college pathways)
- School-Based Business
- Job Site Visits (Visit to a workplace to learn about the business)
- Career Fair (Sampling of possible careers presented by industry representatives)
- Industry Spotlight Day (School focus event on career pathways with industry representatives)
- Projects/Jobs for Business/Community
- Service Learning (Community service integrated with instruction)
Please click HERE if you are interested in helping SRVUSD create college and career ready students by offering more Work-based learning opportunities.