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CTE Pathways

Connecting High School to College and Career

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is a CTE pathway?
A CTE pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses within a student’s area of career interest.  Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career.


Why should students participate in a CTE pathway?
While in high school, students have the opportunity to acquire free technical skills training in the career field he/she is interested in.  Students will learn valuable technical skills and soft skills making them employable regardless of the field of study they actually end up in.


Are any CTE classes in pathways articulated with local community colleges?
Yes!  Many CTE courses are articulated with Palomar and Mira Costa colleges.  At the beginning of each school year, CTE teachers work with CTE transition coordinators from Palomar and Mira Costa to begin or renew their course articulation agreements. 


How do CTE courses prepare students for college and career?
All CTE courses support the Common Core and CTE Model Curriculum Standards (MCS).  Learning rigorous academic skills, especially in English Language Arts and Mathematics are an integral part of each CTE course outline and competencies.  These skills help our students put English Language Arts and Mathematics to work in a real-world, hands-on environment they can relate to.  The CTE MCS are designed to assist school districts in developing high quality curriculum and instruction to prepare students for future careers.  The MCS were created with assistance from more than 300 representatives from business, industry, postsecondary and secondary education and reviewed by nearly 1000 members of the general public.  These standards are rigorous, evidence-based, relevant and reasonable in scope http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/mcsbriefpaper.asp


What are the CTE areas of study or industry sectors?
The California Department of Education recognizes the following CTE industry sectors:

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Building & Construction Trades

Business and Finance

Education, Child Development & Family Services

Energy, Environment & Utilities

Engineering & Architecture

Fashion & Interior Design

Health Science & Medical Technology

Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation

Information & Communication Technologies

Manufacturing and Product Development

Marketing, Sales & Service

Public Services



What are the VUSD -CTE Career Pathways?
Visit our Career pathways page to read the Vista Unified School District CTE Career Pathway Matrix.