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Career Technical Education

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.


The San Diego ePortal

One of the board goals of the San Diego County Office of Education is to connect the educational experience to the world of work, to guarantee all students graduate prepared for college, career, and beyond. 

In order to support this work, we have developed San Diego County’s Work Based Learning ePortal, a FREE resource for employers to get involved in the education system and for educators to connect their students to work based learning opportunities. Through the ePortal, employers can offer work-based learning activities to San Diego schools – activities that include classroom guest speakers, workplace tours, job shadows, internships, and more. By exposing students to the wide array of occupations, employers, and work environments that compose our regional labor market, our goal is to help young people envision their future careers while still in school, and then equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in those careers.

Employer Benefits

  • Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. Develop talent to fill your future entry and middle level positions.
  • Communicate your hiring needs to the education and workforce development systems, so that they can better prepare students to meet your most in-demand skills.
  • Inspire students to pursue a career in your field and company.
  • Increase brand and company recognition.

Contact Alex Becker to join our list of employer partners

Educator Benefits

  • Request work based learning activities based on your students’ needs and interests. (sign up for ePortal Workshop below)
  • Stay up-to-date on the sectors and employers offering work based learning opportunities.
  • Facilitate employer involvement in your school and district by referring your employer contacts to the Portal.
  • Access career exploration and work readiness resources to use in your classroom.

Explore the front facing resources of the San Diego ePortal

Sign up for the next ePortal Workshop

Student Benefits

  • Explore career options in San Diego.
  • Learn about the key essential skills required to obtain and retain employment in any sector.
  • Teachers set up work-based learning and facilitate student access to job training programs and year-round job/internship opportunities across San Diego.

Explore the front facing resources of the San Diego ePortal