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CTE Transitions

What is CTE Transitions?

CTE Transitions is a planned sequence of study in a career technical field that students can begin participating in as early as the ninth grade.

CTE Transitions was developed to provide students with training and education to become prepared for business and industry. In the early 1980’s business and industry made the shift from the Industrial Age to the Age of Technology.

When this transition took place high schools were required to refocus their programs to include more technical training and skills, applied academics and opportunities for hands-on experiences in the workplace.

A major benefit of CTE Transitions is the connection between high school and college classes and the "real world."

CTE Transitions is a program of study that:

Provides technical preparation in a career field such as engineering technology, applied science, a mechanical, industrial, or practical art of trade, agriculture, health occupations, culinary programs, business, or economics.

Is designed for all students – not just students who are high academic performers or on a college preparation track program

Addresses different learning styles; prepares students for the careers of tomorrow; emphasizes career-ladders and lifelong learning; and creates a smooth transition between high school and college.

History of CTE Transitions

CTE Transitions education is a significant reform movement in education that was given major emphasis in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1990 and then amended in the School to Work Opportunities Act of 1994. The Perkins law requires that CTE Transitions programs have seven elements:

  • An articulation agreement between secondary and postsecondary consortium participants;
  • A 2+2, 3+2, 4+2 design with a common core of proficiency in math, science, reading, writing, communication and technology;
  • A specifically developed CTE Transitions curriculum;
  • Joint in-service training of high school and college teachers to implement the CTE Transitions curriculum effectively;
  • Training of counselors to recruit students and to ensure program completion and appropriate employment;
  • Equal access of special populations to the full range of CTE Transitions programs;
  • Preparatory services such as recruitment, career and personal counseling, and occupational assessment

How CTE Transitions Works:

Students participate in a high school program that includes technical skills and applied academics. There are three primary areas of CTE Transitions:

  1. CAREER EXPLORATION – A career path intended to prepare students for high-skill technical occupations by linking high school and college education with future employment. Students investigate future careers to map out a plan.
  2. HIGH SCHOOL APPLIED COURSES – These courses give a different approach to teaching core academic subjects through hands-on activities. Students learn through doing – labs, fieldwork, and other activities.
  3. COLLEGE PROGRAM OF STUDY – Students finish their course of study at San Joaquin Delta College, or transfer their SJ Delta credits to a four-year college.





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