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.


Why take CTE?

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.

Who can enroll?

CTE class offerings are expanding to include more opportunities for students in grades 10-12. Some classes have special requirements and/or prerequisites. Please check with your professional high school counselor for more information. 

College Credit

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.

Articulated Courses 

Areas of Study

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

Public Services


Lodi Unified is proud to offer 32 different CTE pathways in which students can enroll. 


A series of linked courses that lead to industry certified skills. These are set by the California Department of Education.


Sectors and Pathways

Introductory Courses

This is a course that provides information for more than one CTE sector (i.e. Agriculture, Business, Public Services, etc). Generally, an introductory course is recommended for students in grade 10.

Concentrator Courses

This is a course that provides industry-pathway specific skills leading to a single industry competency skill set.

Capstone Courses

The final course in a planned sequence of courses. These courses are a rigorous and intensive culmination of a course of study. Students that complete concentrator AND capstone courses are considered completers in that pathway.