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Career Technical Education

Why Career Technical Education (CTE) Is The Pathway To Success:

  • Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.
  • CTE is not a path away from college: Students taking more CTE classes are just as likely to pursue a four-year degree as their peers.
  • Students who focus their CTE coursework are more likely to graduate high school by twenty-one percentage points compared to otherwise similar students (and they see a positive impact on other outcomes as well).
  • CTE provides the greatest boost to the kids who need it most—boys, and students from low-income families.

Due to many decades of neglect and stigma against old-school “vo-tech,” high-quality CTE is not a meaningful part of the high school experience of millions of American students. It’s time to change that.

Benefits of CTE Coursework

California's Department of Education has defined Industry Sector Pathways that identify and group courses within specific Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas of study, offering students depth of knowledge and skill, linked with specific post-secondary programs culminating in degrees or certificates.

San Rafael High's CTE department has invested in several of those pathways and we offer courses to help students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to further their journey along those pathways.


  1. Information and Technology Sector
    1. Computer Applications
    2. ​Introduction To Computer Programming
    3. AP Computer Science Principles
  2. Manufacturing and Product Development Sector
    1. ​Metal Shop 1
    2. Metal Shop 2
  3. Building Trades and Construction Sector
    1. ​Woodshop 1
  4. Arts Media and Entertainment Sector
    1. ​Broadcast Journalism
    2. Media Academy (TV Video Tech 1)
    3. Media Academy (TV Video Tech 2)
  5. Transportation Sector
    1. ​Automotive Repair 1
    2. Automotive Repair 2
  6. Engineering and Architecture Sector
    1. ​Engineering Design 1
    2. Engineering Design 2