WHAT IS CTE?
At its core, the mission of Career Technical Education is to prepare students for success in college and careers by helping them develop skills, technical knowledge, and experience for high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage careers. Regardless of whether students are headed for college or the workforce, this type of education will help them prepare for the future.
CTE courses are sequenced to create pathways for students in a course of study, which can lead to employment and/or post-secondary education opportunities.
Experience is the best teacher and industry experience is one of the unique qualifications that our teachers bring to the classroom. CTE can help you get the experience needed to get a job of your choice, explore careers and/or train in a completely new field. Our CTE programs have partnerships with employers in the communities, who may provide training, mentorship, opportunities for internships, networking, and entry-level jobs.
FREE college credit! Currently, twenty-five different CTE courses have articulation agreements with local community colleges. Most of these credits also transfer to the UC/CSU system to go toward an associate or bachelor's degree. Be sure to check with your college admissions advisor for more information. For detailed information on the free college units offered by our courses, click the link below.
The 15 CTE sectors are clearly defined by the California Department of Education. Within each of the sectors, there are pathways that focus on industry-specific skills within that sector (see column at right).
The 15 sectors are:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Arts, Media & Entertainment
Building and Construction
Business & Finance
Education, Child Development, and Family Services
Energy, Environment, and Utilities
Engineering & Architecture
Fashion & Interior Design
Health Science & Medical Technology
Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
Information & Communication Technologies
Manufacturing & Product Development
Marketing, Sales, & Service
Lodi Unified is proud to offer 32 different CTE pathways in which students can enroll.