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CTE Pathways and Programs at ARC

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. A key element of these programs is how coursework integrates academic knowledge with technical and career readiness skills, preparing students with the skills they need to launch into a career.

CTE programs help students apply the abstract concepts and theories from academic coursework to real world situations, providing them with practical, and relevant skills that will make them more employable upon graduation. CTE programs often provide students with opportunities to gain work experience through internships, work-based learning, and industry-certification opportunities. CTE offers a wide range of learning experiences spanning many different career tracks, fields, and industries, from skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, welding, or solar technology to fields as diverse as horticulture, culinary arts, fashion design, commercial music, business, engineering, fire technology, nursing, early childhood education, or law enforcement.

Career Pathway Logos_Agriculture & Natural ResourcesAgriculture & Natural Resources

Because agriculture is California’s most important economic industry, California is often called the breadbasket of the world. If you love nature, animals, or growing things, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Sector may hold a great career for you.

A strong demand exists for well-trained, environmentally-sensitive individuals to provide the state, nation, and world with food, fiber, and a healthy environment. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Industry Sector provides a foundation for agriculture students in California. This sector emphasizes real-world, occupationally-relevant experiences. Classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience, projects, leadership, and interpersonal skill development activities prepare students for advanced training, higher education, and entry to a career.

  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources
  • Biotechnology

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Career Pathway Logos_Arts, Media & EntertainmentArts, Media & Entertainment

The Arts, Media, and Entertainment Sector offers a broad range of employment opportunities. The variety of careers in this sector can accommodate different personalities ranging from eccentric actresses and professional gamers to multi-tasking managers. To be successful in these careers, self-discipline is a must. Work is often project-based, requiring time management skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines. Academic studies are needed to understand and keep up with changing technology used in this industry. A broad academic background, and interpersonal skills are also valuable. Participating in the arts promotes teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities.

  • Art New Media
  • Commercial Music
  • Freelance Photography
  • Journalism
  • Technical Communications
  • Theatre Arts

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Career Pathway Logos_Building Trades & ConstructionBuilding & Construction

Do you like to build things? Are you comfortable working on a project until all the pieces fit together? If you answered yes, the Building Trades and Construction Industry Sector may hold the career for you. The four pathways provide opportunities with a variety of construction skills, directly associated with completing building projects. High school curriculum in this sector integrates academic and technical preparation and leads to hands-on, work-based instruction. Project and work-based instruction offers opportunities in work experience, community classroom, or other internship types of instruction.

  • STRIPE Pre-apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeships
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Diesel Technology

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Career Pathway Logos_Education, Child Development & Family ServicesEducation, Child Development & Family Services

Remember your favorite teacher? Remember how that teacher influenced your life? With a large number of employees predicted to retire from education, child development, and family services in the next decade, a wealth of career opportunities will be available. You might be able to affect others as your favorite teacher affected you. If you enjoy teaching children from preschool to high school, or you want to be a college professor, this sector is for you. Jobs are available for all levels of education. Training combines classroom instruction with hands-on community work experience.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services
  • Sign Language Interpreter Preparation

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Career Pathway Logos_Energy & UtilitiesEnergy & Utilities

Utilizing renewable energy and sustainable resources will impact our future for generations to come. Hydroelectric, geothermal, and nuclear power are part of the current resources, but what new energy technology might the future hold? Doing more with less will likely be a focus of future research and development. Pollution created by energy and utility use poses a significant challenge for environmentalists and scientists now and in the future. Improving the recycling of waste materials from trash to sewage will offer many employment opportunities in the Energy and Utilities Industry Sector.

  • Electronics Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Solar Energy Technology

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Career Pathway Logos_Engineering & DesignEngineering & Design

The Engineering and Design Industry Sector is ideal for students who have a strong understanding of mathematics and a creative drive to design new ideas. If you are passionate about the environment and have innovative ideas for renewable energy or water treatment, or you have the next hit attraction for an amusement park in your head waiting to be designed, this sector could be your path to success. Student attributes for success in this sector include strong problem solving and analytical skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and a strong work ethic.

  • Design & Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Technology

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Career Pathway Logos_Fashion & Interior DesignFashion & Interior Design

Who will be the new internationally famous designer? Could it be you? Someone will be creating unique fashion statements and styles that appeal to millions of fashion-conscious shoppers.
The Fashion and Interior Design Industry Sector is a multibillion-dollar enterprise offering a wide variety of careers. Don’t think just in terms of the creative art portion of the industry: manufacturing, marketing, and distribution are related areas necessary for a designer to be successful. A particularly high demand exists for preproduction jobs involving computerized pattern-making and product data management.

Employment in the fashion industry is expected to grow at a high pace. Interior designers will also be in demand to accommodate a growing population’s need for residential and commercial space. Technology is a significant and growing component in the design industry too. Self-motivation and confidence as well as creativity are traits that lead to success in this sector.

  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design

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Finance & Business

Business relies on financial and personnel managers to keep companies running smoothly. The pathways in the Finance and Business Industry Sector are key to successful business operations and offer a multitude of career opportunities. Students will discover that accounting skills are highly marketable and provide opportunities in many other career paths. Pathway instruction includes basic accounting principles and procedures, as well as computer applications, taxes, investments, and asset management.
Someone with an understanding and an affinity for mathematics would thrive in the Finance and Business Industry Sector.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Legal Assisting
  • Management

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Career Pathway Logos_Health Science & Medical TechnologyHealth Science & Medical Technology

Health care is one of the fastest growing career sectors. The Health Science and Medical Technology Sector requires academic and technical skills, as well as the related knowledge necessary for the field. These careers range from entry level to management, including technical and professional specialties. Workers in this field need the knowledge and ability to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective health care. Nearly half of the careers in this area require professional level preparation. Students commonly need the academic background required for entry into postsecondary education. Specific skill sets needed usually include chemistry, physics, math, and biology plus communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Many careers require state certification or credentials.

  • Dietary Management
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Funeral Service Education
  • Healthcare Interpreting
  • Nursing & Allied Health
  • Paramedic
  • Respiratory Care
  • Speech Language Pathology

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Career Pathway Logos_Hospitality, Tourism & RecreationHospitality, Tourism, & Recreation

The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industry Sector encompasses many different yet interrelated careers. If you enjoy working with different people on a day-to-day basis, this could be the industry for you. Students who follow this sector are eligible for positions throughout the world with great potential for advancement. Whether you have a passion for cooking, travel, or nutrition, the pathways in this industry sector will give you the education and experience necessary for a successful career.

  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management

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Career Pathway Logos_Information TechnologyInformation Technology

Are you comfortable around computers and people? If you like working with computers and other technology, this career sector could be for you. The Information Technology (IT) industry offers a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has had a revolutionary impact on the economy and on society. No other career sector offers as much diversity as information technology. You can take the skills learned in these pathways and apply them to any sector of our economy. The IT sector contains some of the fastest-growing industries, such as software publishing, Internet publicizing, service providers, Web search portals, and data processing services.

  • Computer Information Science
  • Electronics Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems

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Career Pathway Logos_Manufacturing & Product DevelopmentManufacturing & Product Development

The Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector provides a foundation in manufacturing processes and systems. Manufacturing is the use of tools and labor to make products to sell. Product development involves the creation of an idea and the subsequent design and process that results in a product for sale. This sector is closely related to engineering and industrial design. An important part of California’s economy, this sector produces a wide range of products from sophisticated electronic/computer-related equipment to the simplest of toys.

As our world becomes more dependent on electronics, students with training and education in manufacturing and product development will continue to be in high demand. The Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector is for students who enjoy working with their hands, building or designing infrastructures, and expressing themselves artistically.

  • Design & Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Welding Technology

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Career Pathway Logos_Marketing Sales & ServicesMarketing, Sales, & Service

Do you like to shop for yourself and others? Do you think you would be good at selling the merits of a product or idea? The Marketing, Sales, and Service Industry Sector provides an opportunity to learn the techniques of transferring products or services to consumers. As California businesses compete in the global marketplace, the need for employees with business expertise and the ability to analyze and respond to emerging trends will continue to grow.

  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Technical Communications

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Career Pathway Logos_Public ServicesPublic Services

The Public Services Industry Sector provides a foundation for students interested in being involved in their community and serving the public’s interest. Careers in this sector often attract people who want to help their fellow citizens and make improvements to the communities they serve. Careers range from public safety to community outreach, and everything in between. Because of heightened interest in homeland and border security, employment growth in this sector is projected at over 20 percent in the near future.
Students engage in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, exploration, and skill preparation. Community service, internships, and work experience go hand in hand with classroom instruction.

  • Administration of Justice
  • Fire Technology
  • Paramedic

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Career Pathway Logos_TransportationTransportation

Transportation plays a crucial role in our society because moving people and goods is central to everything America does. Vehicle components and systems will continue to become increasingly sophisticated which, in turn, will require well-trained operators and maintenance and repair technicians. Examples of future transportation technology include rocket technology, super-capacity jet airplanes, hybrid, bio-diesel, and hydrogen fuel-cell technology involving automobiles and trucks.

  • Auto Collision Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology

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