Career Technical Education
What is CTE?
Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and or, upgrade skills and to become lifelong learners. There are about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE programs across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.
The Victor Valley College career technical education (VVC CTE) model curriculum standards are organized in multiple industry sectors, or groupings of interrelated occupations and broad industries. Each of these sectors create a pathway from high schools to the college, and on from college training to community jobs. Many VVC programs offer students the opportunity to earn short-term certificates, ranging in length from one term to one year. These certificates can act as a credential for entry-level employment in a particular industry or as a benchmark on the way to an advanced degree.
A career pathway is a coherent sequence of rigorous academic and technical courses that allows students to apply academics and develop technical skills in a curricular area. Students discover their interests and passions or further develop technical career skills. Career pathways prepare students for successful completion of state academic and technical standards that can lead to success in high school, college and to a phenomenal career path.
What are the Benefits of CTE?
- Students enrolled in CTE programs are held to the same rigorous academic standards as all students.
- CTE provides a strong foundation for those pursuing a traditional four-year degree.
- CTE students are more interested and motivated in their course work because of its connection to the real world, and have lower dropout rates than traditional students.
- Many sectors of the economy that require skilled workers report a shortage of qualified applicants to fill these positions. CTE Programs prepare individuals for skilled professions that are essential to our nation's economic recovery.
- CTE programs prepare students, adults, and displaced workers for entry into high skill, high wage, and high demand careers in every sector.