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Career Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrate core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.


CTE courses provide students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and become lifelong learners. At HBUHSD, we offer rigorous and relevant career and technical programs and pathways at all of our campuses that provide students the opportunity to learn skills that will serve them in a variety of post-secondary endeavors. Our CTE classes are aligned with California’s CTE Model Curriculum Standards, and the pathways all focus on preparation for post-secondary success and connect core academic content with real-world applications. Additionally, most CTE courses also meet the University of California A-G subject requirements.



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CTE promotes and supports high school programs in providing 21st century, academic and technical skills for ALL students. Whether you plan to go to work straight out of high school or eventually earn your doctoral degree, you have a clear career goal, or just want to learn something practical and new, you can benefit from taking CTE classes at HBUHSD!
Below are some of the benefits of taking CTE courses.
    • Prepares high school students to be college and career ready
    • 15% of all the credits high school graduates earn are in CTE
    • 97% of public high school graduates earn at least some credits in CTE
    • Build a stronger, more competitive college application and/or employment resume
    • Allows students to keep up with today’s growing economic demands and be ready to enter the global workforce
    • Hands-on, project-based learning
    • Experience relative real-world learning opportunities through
      • Job Shadowing
      • Apprenticeships
      • Internships
      • Community Speakers
      • Field Trips
    • Become involved in Career and Technical Service Organizations:
      • Participate in competitions at local, regional, state, and national levels
      • Become a part of a student group
      • Service learning to real-world application
    • Earn Industry Credentials
    • And much more!