Career Technical Education (CTE)

  • Career Technical Education, or CTE, directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers.  While CTE includes many of the traditional vocational education programs like construction and automotive repair, it has expanded to cover a wide range of different industry sectors.  These include health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and engineering, hospitality and management, public safety, business, agriculture and many more. 

    CTE plays an important role in meeting SUSD’s mission to “graduate all students college, career, and community ready.”  According to the organization Advance CTE, studies show that students who complete a CTE program have a higher high school graduation rate and are more likely to complete their postsecondary education and receive employment.  Career Technical Education develops both technical skills and “soft skills” that increase the employability of students.  CTE provides a framework for the next steps a student needs to take to be successful in that field.  These next steps might include employment, an apprenticeship, trade school, community college, or a university degree.

CTE Annual Public Notification

  • The Stockton Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, or any other basis protected by law or regulation in its program or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. 


    The Stockton Unified School District offers classes in many career and technical education program areas of Agriculture; Arts, Media & Entertainment; Building and Construction Trade; Business & Finance; Education; Environmental Resources; Engineering; Health Science; Information & Communication Technologies; Manufacturing; Public Service, and Transportation under its open admissions policy. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact the Director of Career Technical Education & STEM, Nathan Haley, 56 S. Lincoln St. Stockton, CA 95203, (209) 733-7040 Ext. 2074,

    Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: If you, or your student, have been subjected to discrimination, you should contact your school site principal and/or: Joanne Castillo, Director of Constituent Services/Title IX Coordinator (209) 933-7037 Ext. 2195,; ; Youlin Aissa,  Director of Curriculum/Professional Development; Title II Coordinator (209) 933-7040 ext. 2330,; Jennifer Robles, School Counselor Program Specialist/Section 504 Coordinator (209) 933-7130 ext. 2617,

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