Career Technical Education (CTE) engages all students in a dynamic and integrated learning experience resulting in mastery of the technical skills and academic knowledge necessary to become productive, contributing members of society. CTE courses, which are offered at all high schools in Long Beach, provide technical training while also emphasizing the integration of core academic concepts such as mathematics and language arts. CTE also instills essential workplace and career management skills that students can draw upon over a lifetime of learning and career development.
There are several different types of CTE courses:
- General CTE Courses offer industry specific elective content. Some of these courses are UC approved CTE elective courses that qualify for ‘g’ credit. Examples of General CTE Courses include: Automotive Mechanics; Business Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality; Computer Systems Forensics; Foods and Nutrition; Health and Career Exploration; Robotics; and Video Production as well as Project Lead the Way courses (ex. Introduction to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing).
- Academic Career courses are UC approved CTE courses that qualify for ‘a-f’ credit. Examples of Academic Career courses include: Architecture Design; Biotechnology; Digital Art and Imaging; and Graphic Design and Printmaking.
- CTE Career Practicum courses offer comprehensive in-class career preparation and training for 11th and 12th grade students. Examples of CTE Career Practicum courses include: Auto Collision Repair; Graphic Design; Introduction to Medical Occupations; Law Enforcement; Small Business Management; and Virtual Enterprise.
- CTE Internship courses (paid or unpaid) offer comprehensive career preparation and in-depth work-place experiences for 11th and 12th grade students. Examples of CTE Internship courses include: Animal Care; Careers with Children; Clerical/Office Occupations; Hospital Health Services; and Retail Fashion Merchandising.
Most of the district’s high schools have small learning communities or academies, many of which offer CTE courses as a cornerstone for the academy’s industry sector theme. The course of study for each academy determines which classes are available to students. CTE courses are offered in a coherent sequence (introductory, concentration and capstone) meaning that the sequence includes CTE courses with objectives and content that has a clear and direct relationship to the occupations(s) or career(s) targeted by the small learning community or academy. In many cases, Career Practicum or Internship courses are capstones to the academy experience.
CTE courses offer rigorous, integrated, technical, and academic content focused on careers that are intrinsically interesting to students delivered through applied, performance- and project-based teaching strategies that facilitate understanding and mastery. With the sequence of CTE courses, students are able to make a stronger connection between school and the real world. Making this connection often increases students’ interest in school and motivating them to go on to college and/or pursue a particular career.
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