Career Technical Education


Career Technical Education (CTE)

What is CTE?

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90% – 15 percentage points higher than the national average... Read more at

At Cabrillo College, we offer 19 different CTE Programs, some of which are part of a continuing CTE Pathway from our Santa Cruz County high schools. However, we offer these programs to students of all ages. Whether you are just out of high school, took a break after high school, looking to change careers, or up-skill to advance your current career, Cabrillo is here to get you on your way.

Cabrillo offers a selection of Certificates of Achievement that prepare students for employment in a specific field. Most can be completed in 1-2 years. Cabrillo also offers a selection of Skills Certificates that offer a brief but thorough course of study that will prepare you for an entry-level position or career advancement in your field of study.

How about a two year degree, or a CTE degree that is transferable to a UC or CSU?. Cabrillo offers you many options. Click below to start your career search and learn about the different programs available. For detailed information about a program, contact the program's department, or meet with a counselor.

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