Tulare Joint Union
High School District
Tulare Joint Union High School District
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Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education, also referred to as CTE, is a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.

Career Technical Education can give your child what's needed to succeed in life: technical skills, academic skills, and employability skills. In fact, college-bound students can get job experiences to help them define their career plans, identify an appropriate course of study, and help pay for tuition.

In California, CTE is made up of 15 career pathways:

  1. Agriculture and Natural ResourcesAgriculture and Natural Resources
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agricultural Mechanics
    • Agriscience
    • Animal Science
    • Ornamental Horticulture
    • Plan & Soil Science
  2. Arts. Media. and EntertainmentArts, Media & Entertainment
    • Design, Visual & Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Production & Managerial
    • Arts
  3. Building and Construction TradesBuilding & Construction Trades
    • Cabinetry, Millwork, & Woodworking
    • Mechanical Systems Installation and Repair
  4. Business and FinanceBusiness & Finance
    • Business Management
    • Financial Services
  5. Education, Child development, and family servicesEducation, Child Development & Family Services
    • Child Development
    • Education
  6. Energy, Environment and Utilities Energy, Environment & Utilities
    1. Engineering and ArchitectureEngineering & Architecture
      • Architectural Design
      • Engineering Design
    2. Fashion and Interior DesignFashion & Interior Design
      • Fashion Design & Merchandising
    3. Health Science and Medical TechnologyHealth Science & Medical Technology
      • Biotechnology
      • Patient Care
    4. Hospitality, Tourism, and RecreationHospitality, Tourism & Recreation
      • Food Service & Hospitality
    5. Information and Communication Technologies Information & Communication Technologies
      • Games & Simulation
    6. Manufacturing and Product Design Manufacturing & Product Design
    7. Marketing, Sales and ServicesMarketing, Sales & Services
      • Marketing
    8. Public ServicesPublic Services
      • Public Safety
    9. TransportationTransportation
      • System Diagnostics, Service & Repair

    The Tulare Joint Union High School District offers opportunities in each of the career pathways except in Energy, Environment and Utilities.


    TJUHSD students will develop the skills and knowledge to empower them to productively contribute to a global society through meaningful and relevant learning opportunities. 

    College and Career Readiness means students are:

    • Ready to enter college and do college-level coursework without remediation
    • Ready for entry-level careers that offer the opportunity for advancement


    The mission of TJUHSD is to empower all students to graduate with college, career, and life readiness skills.

    Expected Student Outcomes

    As a result of being College and Career Ready, all students will know and be able to demonstrate:

    • The ability to independently think critically, to organize and analyze information, to make sound decisions, and to solve complex problems
    • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with students and adults and to demonstrate appropriate character as well as cultural and social awareness
    • The ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population through multiple modalities, including verbal, non-verbal, listening, and writing while utilizing up-to-date technology
    • The ability to use creativity and imagination in developing innovative solutions applicable to an evolving society
    • The non-cognitive skills of self-efficacy, self-advocacy, self-regulation, academic motivation, and grit
    • The ability to set short and long-term goals; adapt to change; persist; and demonstrate social, cultural, and civic responsibility
    • The understanding that there are multiple pathways to success and the knowledge of how to navigate the post-secondary institutions’, as well as career and industry processes