Career Technical Education (CTE) is making a big comeback in schools, particularly in the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), according to Deputy Superintendent Jodi McClay. “Over 4,000 students participated in a CTE course last year, and even more have signed up at the start of the 2018-19 school year. In addition, we have added or revised 24 course offerings, bringing the total to 29. We now cover 10 industry sectors and offer 12 complete pathways,” says McClay.

TVUSD currently offers the following industry-specific courses: Art, Media, and Entertainment; Building and Construction Trades; Education, Child Development, and Family Services; Engineering and Architecture; Fashion and Interior Design; Health Science and Medical Technology; Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation; Information Communication Technologies; Marketing Sales and Service; and Transportation/Automotive.

“We want to make sure that we are developing students who are educated, trained, and well-versed in current industry-recognized practices, coupled with important soft skills and employability skills so that they are prepared for high-skilled, high-wage, high-demand jobs,” asserts McClay.

The TVUSD CTE program also invites guest speakers from the industry sectors into classrooms to share their experiences with students and faculty, coordinates student competitions and projects judged by career professionals, takes students on site tours of local businesses, and introduces them to specific industries with job shadow opportunities and internships. Many students now enjoy paid internship opportunities during the summer and part-time jobs during the school year as a result of these partnerhsips.

“What’s more, we have a dedicated staff and industry liaisons to foster both relationships and opportunities with local businesses,” adds McClay.

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