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Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the practice of teaching specific career skills to students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions. CTE is a joint effort between local businesses and school districts that provides job training for students’ future employment.

In CTE programs you will learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life. You have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real world experience through job shadows and internships. Many programs offer you the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications which you can use to get a job, that will help you pay for college, or start off your career straight out of high school.

Why choose CTE? 

CTE students are more likely to develop skills such as problem-solving, project completion, research, math, communication, time management and critical-thinking during high school. These areas help you become career ready, not just college ready. CTE courses focus on actual applicable skills and topics.


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What is an apprenticeship?  

An apprenticeship trains a worker to become skilled in a particular trade. Apprenticeships combine hands-on work with classroom learning to train the apprentice. For some students Learning under a skilled teacher helps them understand and master their trade. And, they can learn while they get paid. Please look at the listed link for why having an apprenticeship would work for you.

Why choose an apprenticeship? 

Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship for career seekers and prospective apprentices.


How to qualify and find an apprenticeship?  

Apprenticeship opportunities are offered through an employer or the program sponsor.

To become an apprentice, search for an opportunity using Apprenticeship Finder and apply directly with the employer or the program sponsor. Questions about a specific opportunity? Contact the employer or the program sponsor for more information.

For more information look at the listed links below 

Special Local Programs

Harbor Freight Fellows (HFF)

HFF supports 120 hours paid learning experiences for high school seniors in the trades (construction, automotive, maritime). The learning experiences are in-person and hands on for a student who is matched with a mentor.

However, to support students during this time, HFF has developed a flex plan that provides students a variety of options to meaningful and paid experience during social distancing. Check out the options here.

Contruction Training (Sierra College)

For students 18 years-old and have a flexible learning schedule or recent grads who may need some help figuring out what to do post high school. Sierra College offers a construction fundamentals Bootcamp. This tuition free, noncredit program includes OSHA 10 certification. Class size is limited to 12 to ensure social distancing.

Kaiser/ SJUSD Summer Preceptorship (Job Shadow)

College Night Sept 26th 2024

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