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Career Technical Education (CTE)


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 to 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, whether you have a clear career goal or just want to learn something practical and new, you can benefit from taking CTE classes at HBUHSD!
Some of the benefits of taking CTE courses include:
    • CTE is the best way to make sure high school students are college-ready 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.
    • 10 million new skilled workers will be needed by 2020.
    • Build a stronger, more competitive college application.
    • Build a stronger, more competitive employment resume.
    • Keep up with today’s growing economic demands and to help prepare them for the global workforce.
    • Hands-on, project-based learning.
    • Experience relative real-world learning opportunities:
      • 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 o Real-world application
    • Earn Industry Credentials
    • And much more!