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Career Technical Education

The California Department of Education issued in 2013 revised Career Technical Education (CTE) Model Curriculum Standards that are designed to assist California districts and schools in developing high-quality curriculum and instruction to help ensure that students are career and college ready and to prepare them for future careers. The model standards were created with assistance from more than 300 representatives from business, industry, postsecondary, and secondary education and were reviewed by approximately 1,000 individuals, including members of the general public. The standards are rigorous, evidence-based, relevant, and reasonable in scope. They offer clear guidelines for course content development and expectations for student achievement.

The standards are described for 15 Industry Sectors containing 58 Pathways. The Industry Sectors each have California’s 12 Standards for Career Ready Practice (Common Core) that closely aligns to Career Technical Anchor Standards that provide a framework for curriculum objectives. Each Pathway contains standards specific to that pathway and performance indicators for each of those standards.

Atascadero High School offers a sequence of courses for seven different pathways to help students begin their journey to a future career. There are three levels of courses: Introduction, Concentration, and Capstone. For most, there is flexibility in course choice within each level.

For more information about each pathway, click on the icon at the left.

Agricultural and Natural Resources CTE sector icon.

Agriculture Mechanics
The Agricultural Mechanics pathway prepares students for careers related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of equipment used by the agriculture industry.

Agricultural and Natural Resources CTE sector icon.

Animal Science students showing a pig at the fair.Agriscience
This pathway helps students acquire a broad understanding of Agriscience, including Ag business, Ag technologies, natural resources, and animal, plant, and soil sciences.

Design, Visual, and Media Arts CTE sector icon.

Design, Visual, and Media Arts student creating graphics using a computer.Design, Visual, and Media Arts
This pathway includes occupations that use visual art, digital media, and web-based tools and materials as their primary means of communication and expression.

Education CTE sector icon.

Education pathway student teaching a young child.Education
The Education pathway is designed to prepare students for professional or learning-support positions in education, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Food Service and Hospitality CTE sector icon.

Food Service and Hospitality students showing some of their baked goods.Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
This pathway explores various facets of the hospitality industry and engages students in broad experiences including: industry awareness, organizational management, customer service, sales, and marketing.

Design, Visual, and Media Arts CTE sector icon.

Performing Arts students play.Performing Arts
The Performing Arts pathway focuses on the direct creation of art and entertainment by the individual artist instead of through a secondary physical medium.

Software and Communications CTE sector icon.

Excited Software and Communications pathway student.Software and Communications
Students in this pathway prepare for careers related to computer science that involve the design, development, maintenance, and management of systems.

Systems Diagnostics, Service and Repair CTE sector icon.

Students working on a motor.Systems Diagnostics, Service/Repair
This pathway prepares students for employment in the transportation industry, which includes motor vehicles, rail systems, marine applications, and small-engine.

Standards for Career Ready Practice (Common Core)

1. Apply appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge.

2. Communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason.

3. Develop an education and career plan aligned with personal goals.

4. Apply technology to enhance productivity.

5. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

6. Practice personal health and understand financial literacy.

7. Act as a responsible citizen in the workplace and the community.

8. Model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective management.

9. Work productively in teams while integrating cultural and global competence.

10. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

11. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

12. Understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of decisions.

CTE Anchor Standards

1.0 Academics
2.0 Communications
3.0 Career Planning and Management
4.0 Technology
5.0 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
6.0 Health and Safety
7.0 Responsibility and Flexibility
8.0 Ethics and Legal Responsibilities
9.0 Leadership and Teamwork
10.0 Technical Knowledge
11.0 Demonstration and Application


California Department of Education CTE Standards Overview

California Career Cafe

Article on CTE Comeback in Schools- by Ivan Bradley

Atascadero Rotary Career Helper Website


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