Career and Technical Education

Turn Your Passions into a Paycheck ~ Your Dreams into a Career

Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses combine academic rigor with hands-on learning. Our courses give students an opportunity to explore a potential career with real world experience!

CTE courses are taught throughout all the district's high schools, and many articulate with a-g UC/CSU requirements, as well as articulate with Cabrillo College (see bottom of page).

All CTE teachers collaborate with members of the business community to ensure their curriculum is relevant and up to date with today's industry.

Students meet members of the business community in each class. They also finish the course with a cover letter and resume of the skills learned in their CTE course.

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Biotechnology Pathway

  • Biotechnology I

  • Biotechnology II

Patient Care Pathway

  • Health Careers

  • Medical Technology

Patient Care Pathway

  • Sports Medicine

Software & Systems Development Pathway

  • Intro. to Computer Science

  • AP Computer Science

Design, Visual & Media Arts Pathway

  • Intro to Graphic Design

  • Advanced Graphic Design

Design, Visual & Media Arts Pathway

  • Intro to Digital Photography

  • Advanced Digital Photography

Design, Visual & Media Arts Pathway

  • Intro to Video Production

  • Advanced Video Production

Child Development Pathway

  • Early Childhood Development

Legal Practices Pathway

  • Criminal Justice

Public Safety Pathway

  • Fire Technology

Food Service and Hospitality

      • Hospitality

Food Service and Hospitality

      • Culinary Arts

Cabinetry, Millwork & Woodworking Pathway

  • Construction Tech I & II

  • Cabinetry I & II

  • Building Green

Welding & Materials Joining Pathway

  • Intro to Welding

  • Advanced Welding

Automotive Systems Diagnostics, Service & Repair Pathway

  • Intro. to Automotive

  • Small Engine Repair

  • Auto Maintenance & Light Repair

Bicycle Systems Diagnostics, Service & Repair Pathway

  • Bicycle Technology I

  • Bicycle Technology II

Agricultural Business Pathway

  • Sustainable Ag. I & II

  • Agricultural Production

Ornamental Horticulture Pathway

  • Floral Design

High Schools

Santa Cruz High

Harbor High

Soquel High

Costanoa High

CTE Courses with "a-g" and Articulations Agreements

2020-21 SCCS CTE Advisory Committee Meetings

28 September 2020, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

7 December 2020, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

8 March 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

3 May 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

SCCS District CTE Advisory

According to California Education Code, every school district that offers CTE programs must also have a board appointed district CTE Advisory Committee that is made up of students, parents, CTE teachers, counselors, administrators, and industry partners. The purpose of this committee is to:

  • Advise on the types of CTE programs offered to SCCS students (e.g., CTE pathways, courses, work based learning experiences, etc.) aligned with regional workforce data.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the SCCS CTE program. This committee will develop guidelines and use data to determine effectiveness and impact of SCCS CTE programs.

  • Study and make recommendations to help solve CTE related problems presented to the district/program by the school board on which further information is needed.

Santa Cruz City Schools District

133 Mission Street, Suite 100

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

District CTE Director

Julia Hodges

Career and Technical Education Counselors

Harbor High & Santa Cruz High

Sheri Williams

Soquel High & Costanoa

Pam Flynn

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