What Is Career & Technical Education?
Formally known as Vocation Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a term applied to an educational program that can specialize in skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and/or career preparation. Our CTE program is a dual enrollment program meaning students will earn high school graduation credit along with college credit. A dedicated and enthusiastic student can leave high school with 24 college credit hours completed (nearly an entire college school year).
Our CTE program will seek to give students experience by setting them up with internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities (thanks to our partnership with Santa Monica College). We offer a wide range of learning experiences spanning many different industries and career pathways from skilled trades such as automotive technology, IT and web development, fashion, merchandising, education, sustainable technologies, animation, business, and so many more.
When Can A Student Begin Taking CTE Courses?
Students can begin taking CTE Courses at Santa Monica College starting in their Junior year (or their summer going into their Junior year).
Is A Student Required To Take CTE Courses?
No. No NWC+ student is required to take any CTE or college courses if they do not want.
Can A Student Take Non-CTE Courses?
Yes. Students are free to take any and all Santa Monica College courses where they meet the prerequisites and/or course requirements.
What Are The Requirements For Taking CTE Courses?
There are no NWC+ requirements students need to fulfil in order to take CTE courses. However, each CTE Program has different course prerequisites that students must have fulfilled before they can begin taking classes. Consult Santa Monica College Course Catalog for the most up-to-date course prereqs.
How Many Courses Does A Student Have To Take In Order To Earn A CTE Program Certificate?
Most Career Pathways have 4 different courses that must be completed in order to earn a Departmental Certificate. Most students can manage to take 1 college course per semester. Students that wish to take more college courses are welcome to at their own risk.
What CTE Programs Do You Offer?
Currently, these are the Career Programs students can choose to take. Please note that course offerings can change every school year based on interest. Not all courses are guaranteed.
Business & Finance
Logistics/Supply Chain Management
Computer Science & Information Systems
Website Development Management
Information Systems Management
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Mobile Application Development | Android
Mobile Application Development | iPhone
Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
Medical Records Clerk Receptionist
Set Design & Art Direction For Film & TV
CAD Production & Design
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
School-Age Special Education Assistant
Early Childhood Education Core
Recycling & Resource Management
Solar Photovoltaic Installation