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Career Technical Education

The Career Technical Education Department offers programs providing instruction that prepares students for a variety of careers. Our teachers are skilled and have an effective working relationship with the Career Center and High School departments. Instruction is standards-based and focused on real world application by making the learning experience meaningful.

The CTE Department works in accordance with the California Career Readiness Initiative and CTE Model Curriculum Standards to help students make a smooth transition from the classroom to the demands of a twenty-first century workplace, post secondary education, and the global community. In addition, the CTE curriculum must align with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Some CTE courses integrate instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Please click one of eight programs of study and/or the career education are offered in the CTE Department on the right menu.

These courses are taught by dedicated teachers who have had more than five years’ work experience in the field. This work experience allows instructors to teach not only job skills but also how to be a successful employee as a Deaf person.

The CTE staff wants to express appreciation for all of the time committed to our program by the Technical Advisory Committees (TAC).  TAC members review program plans to ensure industry standards are included. Each CTE program has its own TAC which provides advice, support, and recommendations pertaining  but not limited to the following:

  • Instructional content
  • Proficiency standards
  • Budget
  • Facilities
  • Safety standards
  • Equipment and materials
  • Supervised practical experience
  • New technology
  • Current industry practices
 

In addition, CTE students display their projects at the annual CTE Competition/Expo during the month of May, and the TAC members judge the projects. Feedback from the TAC members helps the students see the degree of quality of work expected in industry.

Serving a diverse population of students, the following goals are the focus of our program:

  • To provide students with career awareness opportunities.
  • To expand their knowledge of career opportunities and employment standards .
  • To establish academic, career and technical performance standards and develop accountability systems to prepare students for employment or post-secondary education.
  • To procure funding for state-of-the-art equipment in order to train students on equipment that meets industry standards .
  • To offer a continuum of work-based learning opportunities in simulated work environments .
  • To empower students to share their strengths, talents, and aspirations with the Department of Rehabilitation.