Today's schools must prepare students to take on jobs that do not yet exist, while using technologies that have yet to be invented, in order to solve 21st century problems that have not yet emerged. The rapid changes of the economy and technology represent both a challenge and opportunity for the San Diego community. Global competition for skilled-jobs remains a threat to local economies throughout the state and nation. Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways support students to gain the necessary skills to compete in the global economy, through a sequence of academic and/or career technical education courses. All students benefit from CTE pathway courses regardless of their college and career goals.
Through its College and Career Readiness Department, SDCOE supports the development of rigorous integrated career pathways that prepare students for their future. CTE pathway courses are taught by teachers with years of industry experience combined with a credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Many pathways expand to incorporate the core academic courses offering students opportunities to see career relevance throughout their educational experience. With an emphasis on application of knowledge, technical and essential skills, integrated curriculum, and work-based learning experiences, CTE courses are an integral part of a student's preparation for post-secondary education or the workforce.
San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium represents 15 K-12 school districts and eight community colleges. It was awarded $13.1 million through the California Career Pathways Trust grant to strengthen career pathways across San Diego County.
The consortium's regional vision is for the county's career pathways to offer academically challenging technical courses and programs that are comprehensive and future-oriented, responsive to student, parent, community and workforce needs, and proven to positively affect student achievement.