Career Technical Education (CTE) Introduction

The Riverside County Office of Education Career Technical Education Unit provides, promotes, and coordinates Career Technical Education (CTE) throughout Riverside County in support of RCOE’s Pledge to ensure all students are prepared for college and the workforce.

  • The CTE Unit, in coordination with Riverside County School Districts, provides CTE classes in 15 industry sectors and 58 career pathways. We also partner with local businesses to offer work based learning to students in more than 1,200 places of employment. All CTE programs integrate core academic instruction with technical and occupational instruction in order to increase student achievement, graduation rates and readiness to postsecondary education and employment.
  • The CTE Unit provides staff development for both academic and CTE teachers. Through partnerships with districts, institutions of higher education, and business and industry, we develop articulation agreements with local colleges to provide opportunities for high school students to receive college credit via their high school CTE course.  Additionally, we are continually developing new CTE curricula to incorporate a-g courses for the benefit of our CTE students.
  • The CTE Unit coordinates CTE through its county-wide meetings for all CTE stakeholders, including district administrators, community college administrators, Workforce Development leaders, and other CTE leaders. These partners work together to increase grant funding, to meet legislated CTE requirements, and to create a system of CTE throughout the county.  In addition, the CTE unit works directly with school districts and the community colleges to create and implement a plan for sequences of coursework and pathways to careers for students.
  • The CTE Unit also provides classes for adults through the School of Career Education (SCE). The SCE grew from RCOE’s 40 years of experience successfully offering Career Technical Education. Currently, SCE provides training in multiple subject areas at 4 locations across Riverside County. SCE’s technical certificate programs provide instruction in both theory and practical applications using methods appropriate to the subject area. Each technical certificate program provides instruction in all aspects of its industry. In addition, students are provided a foundation of technical, academic, and communication skills upon which they can continue to grow, learn, and advance.