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What is Career Technical Education?

Career Technical Education (CTE) is a term for educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation.

  • Industry-trained faculty and support staff
  • Flexible classes to balance work-school-home schedule
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Curriculum designed to improve job skills and marketability
  • Over 115 certificates in a wide variety of programs
Explore CTE Programs at ARC

CTE makes sense

  • Learn from experienced instructors

    Professor helping Design Technology Student

    The instructors here are dedicated to helping you work toward your career goals. Unlike most four-year colleges, many of our faculty are working professionals in their industry, which means they are able to give you the up-to-date skills that employers are looking for right now. You will feel prepared to be successful in a career, and their connections in the community may even link you to your first job or internship.

  • You'll save thousands of dollars

    Compared to other schools that can cost over 30 times more, getting your training at ARC will save you a lot of money. And with all of the real-world classes and one-on-one time with your professors, you’re getting a lot of experience at an incredible value.

  • Real-world experience. Right away.

    Commercial Music Student at mixing console

    The real benefit of CTE programs is that most of your classes are comprised of labs where you are in front of the actual technology and tools that you would use on the job. Yes, you still may have to read books and listen to lectures, but you’ll be able to incorporate all that knowledge in the labs and later when you’re out on the job.

  • Choose from over 43 programs

    When you’re checking out all the program choices at ARC, you will be amazed at the diverse options that you have to choose from! You could study everything from healthcare to horticulture, auto technology or commercial music. You have a wealth of opportunity to find a career where you get to pursue your passion.

27% of people with less than an associate degree, including licenses and certificates, earn more than the average bachelor degree recipient.
—U.S. Department of Education, 2011
A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn on average between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree.
—Jacobson and Mokher, 2009

Get On-The-Job Experience

Student in an Apprenticeship

The Work Experience and Internship Program is an experiential academic program which allows you to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work environment while earning college credit

Work Experience Program

Explore Careers & Find a Job

  • Discover your values and interests
  • Explore career and internship options available to you
  • Find the education and training you’ll need to be career ready
Career & Job Resources

Start your application

Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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