Career Technical Education Pathways Help Prepare Students for College and Career
If you are a Horizon Charter Schools’ high school student looking to try something different this year, then check out our awesome Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway program!
CTE Pathways provide high school students the opportunity to learn about a specific area of interest through a sequence of four courses while earning credit towards their high school graduation requirements. These courses allow students to put the things they learn in school into practice in the real world, making learning more meaningful and fun.
CTE Pathways Offer a Variety of Careers to Explore
This year, Horizon Charter Schools expanded the list of CTE Pathways available to our high school students. We now offer nine CTE Pathways to choose from:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources (NEW!) — explore plant science, animal husbandry and natural resources
- Business Management — discover business and financial concepts with practical, real-world applications
- Cosmetology (NEW!) — examine various beauty regimes and techniques
- Education and Child Development — explore effective parenting, nurturing and child growth
- Engineering Technology — through use of computer-aided tools, gain knowledge essential for STEM careers
- Food Service and Hospitality — learn more about the food-service and hospitality industries
- Media Arts: Audio/Video — develop technical knowledge for success in the audio/video production industry
- Public and Community Health — study medical and health related careers and terminology
- Web and Social Media Programming — discover the latest information related to the world of information technology (IT)
Download our 2020-2021 Career Technical Education Pathways flyer to learn more about these exciting programs!
Benefits of Completing a CTE Pathway
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “If current trends continue, roughly one-third of new jobs in California will require some training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. Career technical education (CTE), also known as vocational training, connects students to these career opportunities by providing industry-based skills. In addition to improving career options in the short term, CTE can provide pathways to higher education.”
The nine pathways available through Horizon are also A-G approved. So, completing a CTE pathway looks great on university and college applications, including California State University and University of California schools.
Plus, students who complete a CTE Pathway earn a completion certificate and a digital badge! A CTE Pathway completion certificate is something that students can refer to on job applications and during interviews. The digital badge is a great way to advertise this accomplishment on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and more.
Aligned Participation Activities Provide Additional Learning Opportunities
As part of the CTE Pathways program, high school students have opportunities for additional learning about career paths through Aligned Participation Activities (APAs). These APAs range from attending a virtual career fair or interviewing an expert in your pathway of study to completing a career interest survey and so much more! Students have their choice of what APAs to complete. However, at least two APAs must be completed as part of a pathway — one career-related and one workplace-related activity.
Getting Started with a CTE Pathway
Horizon Charter Schools high school students interested in pursuing a Career Technical Education Pathway should inform their Supervising Teacher (ST) who will coordinate the course sequence with the student’s guidance counselor.
For more information about the CTE Pathways program, contact your ST or Horizon’s Guidance Department at (916) 408-5276. Additional information may be found on the California Department of Education’s website.