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Career & Technical Education

What is CTE?

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at College of the Desert integrate rigorous academic study with workforce skills in specific career pathways. Participating in Career & Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for employment, higher education and life-long learning. CTE programs offered by the college provide students with opportunities in over 40 career & technical fields. These programs include integrated academic and technical instruction, work-based learning, dual credit opportunities and potential for continuing education at the baccalaureate level.
 
Students participate in programs that meet business and industry standards. Students receive instruction in an industry-related area to prepare for employment or for future education in a career major or concentration. CTE courses are occupationally specific and technical in nature. Courses are taught by professionals who are experts in their field. Their expertise ensures that students receive an intensive, hands-on educational experience.
 
CTE Programs of Study differ from industry to industry but share common elements; including:
  • academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world
  • employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics
  • career pathways that link secondary and postsecondary education
  • second-chance education and training
  • education for additional training and degrees, especially related to workplace training, skills upgrades and career advancement

CTE offers programs for all kinds of students, from high school graduates looking to start a career, to those who want to work toward transferring to a four-year college or university. Many students enroll in courses to upgrade their skills or develop new ones for different positions in the workforce. Today, options for employment are limitless. As our world becomes more dependent on technology, the demand for skilled technical employees will continue to increase.