Career Technical Education (CTE)

  • Also known as vocational training
  • Available at California Community Colleges
  • Short-term certificate programs for particular fields, including fast-growing sectors of:
    • Health care
    • Transportation
    • Construction
    • Energy
    • Information technology
  • Hundreds of programs to choose from—for example:
    • Medical Assistant
    • Auto Mechanic
    • Early Child Development Specialist
    • Landscape Designer
    • Etc.

CTE programs can provide you with the skills and tools you need to find a job in your field of choice more quickly. If you decide to continue on or return to school later, these courses can be built upon towards a two-year associate’s or four-year bachelor’s degree.

Consider pursuing CTE training if:

  • You are interested in a particular career path that does not require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • You need to find a job in your field of choice more quickly

Private vocational schools like those that you may have seen advertised on television offer CTE programs as well, but typically at a much higher cost, leaving you in serious debt at the end of the program. Exercise extreme caution and discuss the pros and cons with an adviser, mentor or other adult whom you trust before choosing a privately based program.

CTE Benefits and Resources for Foster Youth

  • Campus Support Programs (CSP) for Foster Youth
    Foster youth enrolled in a CTE program at community college are eligible to participate in campus support programs. Many offer financial aid and scholarship packages, housing, and other support and resources.

CTE Tools for Students