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California Career Technical Education

A Vision for the Future

Career Technical Education (CTE) from the California Department of Education engages, motivates, and prepares all students for the future. The academic, technical, and workplace skills offered through CTE are essential to success for all working adults. They are essential to society in addressing the challenges posed not only by a changing economy, but also by a changing world.

CTE can no longer exist as a separate educational alternative; it must be woven into the very fabric of our educational delivery system. Access must therefore be assured for all students through a system that aligns programs, curricula, and services across educational segments, programs, and disciplines. In this spirit, the state plan for CTE presents a framework, including a vision, mission statement, set of guiding principles, goals, and needed actions, that provides both the scaffolding for the state Perkins plan and a blueprint for strengthening California's CTE system overall.


CTE will engage every student in high-quality, rigorous, and relevant educational pathways and programs, developed in partnership with business and industry, promoting creativity, innovation, leadership, community service, life-long learning, and allowing students to turn their "passions into paychecks" - their dreams into careers.


The mission of CTE is to provide industry-linked programs and services that enable all individuals to reach their career goals in order to receive economic self-sufficiency, compete in the global marketplace, and contribute to California's economic prosperity.

California Career Technical Education State Plan
California State Career Technical Education Standards and Frameworks
California State Career Technical Education Standards (PDF)
California State Career Technical Education Frameworks (PDF)