College, Career and Technical Education

College and Career Readiness

San Diego Unified School District

Calendar of Events - Student Opportunities, Webinars, Professional Development

Elementary TK-5

College and Career Readiness for All

 Students receive instruction in Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Students gain opportunities for performance tasks in STEAM units. Units allow for design thinking using inquiry based models. NGSS standards are addressed and opportunities for reading, writing, and communicating are integrated in every task. 

Students begin career exploration of STEAM careers in high priority sectors. 

Middle and High School 

College Readiness for All

Focus on student outcomes and student achievement. Students gain understanding of post-secondary opportunities and develop 4-10 year plans. Students meet a-g college preparatory requirements. 

Career Readiness for All 

Students have the opportunity to pursue a sequence of courses in a career related pathway. Students are offered experiences in a continuum of work based learning experiences including career awareness, career exploration, career training and career preparation.  

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Internship

Vertex Pharmaceuticals partners with the Office of College, Career and Technical Education to offer student paid internships each summer. Studnets experience the Vertex Learning Lab and are paired with a manager for weekly collaboration. 

Careers in Life Sciences and Biotechnology

Biocom Institute and Thermo Fisher Scientific panel session held on December 8, 2021. 

Career Exploration Events

Careers in ICT and Digital Media

Summer Internship

Apply for the Scripps Research HS Summer Internship - Applications due annually

Scripps Research’s High School Student Research Education Program exposes students to contemporary issues in biomedical research and provides hands-on laboratory experience and mentorship. It is committed to increasing the number of talented students who choose a career in the biological and chemical sciences, particularly first-generation college-bound students and students from groups that are underrepresented in science.

Begin exploring all that you can be. 

Be inspired by Sam and begin thinking of the many things you can be! Here are some links to get you started: 

What is a career-ready student?

Identifies Career Paths

Students identify possible career paths by understanding individual strengths, unique interests, passions, purpose, goals, and internal core values.

Career Paths begin to develop aligned to these essential elements of the individual for happiness, success, and service in the career. 

Tools used to gain understanding of self: 

Early Career Exploration recommended for grades 6-12

VitaNavis SuperStrong Assessment

CA Career Zone

Students can identify possible career interests based on the Holland RIASEC codes. It is an engaging experience, available in multiple languages. User friendly, interactive, personalized results including a detailed analysis of their unique skills and ideal careers. Taken on a phone, tablet, or computer. 

It also maps to careers and vocations, with real-time data from IPEDS, BLS, and ONET so students can explore different Career Pathways.

Rise Above Skills for Success

Standards for Career Ready Practice

21st Century Learning Skills 

Habits of Mind

MHA Skills

Intent on increasing success factors for youth, MHA Labs designed a common set of easy-to-understand 21st century skill targets known as The Building Blocks. The Building Blocks comprise 35 core social, emotional and cognitive skills deemed critical for college, career and life success.

Social-Emotional Skills 

Personal Preparation & Experience


Work Based Learning


High Priority Sectors - San Diego County

Industry sectors in San Diego County that have high and growing numbers of jobs that pay at least a self-sufficient wage at entry level.

Southern Border Region:

Education and Human Development

Energy, Construction and Utilities

Health Care

Public Administration

Local San Diego Priority : 

In addition to our four regional priority sectors above, the SBR research team also identified three local priority sectors that recognize the unique economic drivers of each local area.

Advanced Manufacturing

Includes high-tech jobs in computers and robotics, Advanced Manufacturing includes diverse industries such as electronics, aerospace, fabrication metals, biotechnology and maritime. 

Information and Communication Technologies

Life Sciences and Biotechnology

Industry Sectors - California


Arts, Media, Entertainment *

Building, Construction Trades *

Business and Finance *

Child Development and Family Services *

Energy and Utilities

Fashion and Interior Design

Health Sciences and Medical Technology *

Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation *

Information Technology *

Manufacturing and Product Development *

Marketing, Sales and Services *

Public Services *

Transportation *

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