CTE: Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education

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The Elk Grove Unified School District’s Linked Learning program provides students with an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom and reaches into the future. We strive to guide each student in preparation for college and career. Through our career academies and pathways, students can specialize in a number of career fields including public service, business, health, engineering, green energy, agricultural science, auto technology and media.

Career academies are small learning communities that encompass a broad-based industry area that includes careers from technical through professional levels. They promote student/employer engagement through work-based learning experiences and give students the opportunity to earn industry certifications and/or articulate credits to post-secondary education. Most importantly, they prepare students for post-secondary pursuits, both for college and the workplace. All of the academies offer students A-G academic classes that are integrated with career classes and work-based learning opportunities.

Students in career academies join a Linked Learning team of teachers and participate in integrated series of core academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses related to a career focus area. Much of the three- or four-year course of study is project- and inquiry-based and features community service projects, interaction with business and industry and field trips to colleges. Students develop such critical 21st-century skills as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and teamwork that will ensure their success in college and career. Moreover, students develop strong relationships and systems of support in the “school-within-a-school” atmosphere of an academy. Local business leaders are involved in the academies through mentoring, job shadowing, and participation in advisory meetings.

Career pathways are another means to explore a potential career interest through hands-on learning. Pathways are a recommended sequence of CTE courses related to a career focus area that include introductory and intermediate courses and conclude with a capstone course that often offers industry certification and/or articulation to post-secondary education.

Strengthening all of Elk Grove Unified’s career learning opportunities are the relationships we have established with local businesses and community members who provide our students with real-world learning experiences.

If you would like your student to participate in our career academies or pathways, please contact the Career Technical Education department at (916) 686-7709 or speak to a counselor at your student’s middle or high school.

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