Riverside Unified School District
Career Technical Education

2022 RUSD

District CTE Advisory

On May 4th, 2022, we held our annual district advisory with Educational Partners including teachers, administrators, post-secondary partners, and industry professionals to discuss industry trends, professional best practices, and the future of CTE in RUSD.

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What is Career Technical Education (CTE)?

Career Technical Education provides ALL students opportunities to discover their Talents, Interests, Passions, and Strengths and build a Competitive Advantage as they grow towards a rewarding, fulfilling, and impactful life after high school. We focus on supporting students desire to build the lifestyle they choose and equip them with the tools they need to be successful in college, become certified, open a lucrative small business, or start any exciting career of their choice.

We Start with Why

We do what we do...

We believe that the social wellness, economic stability, and physical health of our local and global communities depends on high-quality, comprehensive career technical education.

We believe ALL students need to be Career Ready, Period!

we do...

We design and develop engaging programs for students to explore their talents, interests, passions, and strengths. We provide opportunities for students to build their

Competitive Advantage

it's done...

Our students build their
Competitive Advantage

Robust Academic Knowledge

Technical Mastery

Professional Skills

Competitive Advantage

The Three Pillars of RUSD CTE

Rigorous Academics

We provide opportunities for students that center around rigorous curriculum and instruction. Our highly qualified teachers deliver leading edge material that lead to certificate and degree programs. Most of our programs include courses that are articulated with our local community colleges, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit for free during high school.


Each industry sector and career pathway require specific competencies to be prepared for success. This includes industry certifications, work=based learning, CTSO's, and cutting edge tools and technology. Our students work alongside industry partners, opening so many doors of opportunity for internships, mentorship, and future employment to out those skills into practice..


Formerly called "soft skills", professional skills include, but are not limited to Effort and Engagement, Communication, Teamwork, and Problem Solving. In an ever-changing employment landscape, these skills are absolutely necessary to adapt to almost any professional workplace. Our industry partners demand these skills to be successful.

Across a 15-Year CTE Continuum

Career Options

We believe that conversations about careers and lifestyle should begin in kindergarten and continue through high school. In Career Technical Education, we provide career exploration activities and lessons that help students identify their own unique TIPS-

Talents, Interests, Passions, & Strengths

with Industry

We believe that providing real-world context to academic content helps students find relevance and see the light at the end of their tunnel. We provide opportunities for students to engage with professionals and envision how their own paths can align with

Industries Sectors and Careers

Hands-On Work

We believe that students thrive and succeed when they are provided experiences outside the walls of the classroom. We work with our industry partners to provide students opportunities to connect the content learned in the classroom to the real-world through

Work-Based Learning

Learn more about our awesome CTE programs!