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CTE Month 2021

Celebrating innovations in education during distance learning

Over the past year, education has adapted to a virtual classroom setting, but in spite of the challenges, school districts across San Diego County have continued to deliver high-quality CTE programs. Check out highlights of student work below along with student success stories in our Essential Skills Showcase...

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs provide our students the opportunity to explore careers, engage with employers, and develop the skills needed to succeed in our economy.

CTE students take a sequence of courses aligned to an industry sector and taught by teachers with work experience. These courses follow the California model curriculum standards and feature hands on, industry driven curriculum and work based learning that allow students to explore possible careers and apply real world skills relevant to the labor market. Students can earn industry recognized certifications, early college credit, internships and more. 

Want to learn more about CTE programs in your community? Find the CTE website for many local districts and charters at the bottom of the page for more information.

Poway Unified School District

Rancho Bernardo HS Animation

Mr. Messerle’s⁩ 3D Animation Pathway create winter scenes using Maxon 3D⁩ software that students accessed remotely using Splashtop⁩.

Westview HS Engineering

Mr. Kurth's Principles of Engineering students have created some holiday-related "Electric Automata."

Oceanside Unified School District

Oceanside HS Photography

The City of Oceanside mayoral office initiated a public health media campaign to encourage its citizens to wear masks. The City asked Oceanside HS students from Justin Moodie's class to shoot photos of young people wearing masks around the community for their project: "It's Not Forever, It's Just For Right Now." Since the beginning of October, the City has published 10 student photos in their newsletters and social media.

Oceanside High School student photo credits, clockwise from top left: Tristian Romero, Vanessa Chavaro, Elena Viveiros, Katelyn Bice, Kiaria Brown, Tristan Cabral

San Diego Unified School District

Patrick Henry HS Engineering

In Emily Moy's class, students completed a project called "Architecture for All," in which they redesigned SAN airport terminal 1 to be more inclusive, particularly considering the following groups: people with disabilities, people who are transgender, non gender binary or otherwise non cisgender, and caretakers of the young and elderly.

Patrick Henry High School "Architecture for All" project team: Olivia Van Houten, Evan Patocka, Ainslie Mellinger, Alexander Renard, Chloe Klein

Kearny HS
Health Sciences &
Medical Tech

In Jennifer Ogo's Biomedical Innovations class, students experience the invention process in their Project Invent assignment. Teams first form relationships with community partners to determine their needs and then ideate products or services that could help them. Teams submit their top 3 ideas for a Review by the community partners and obtain their feedback. This is one team's Review presentation to the partners. Their next step will be to prototype their idea.

Patrick Henry High School "Project Invent" project team, Team Edgumecation: Jennifer, Minh, Wendy, Chau, Emily

San Diego County CTE Program Websites

Sweetwater Union High School District

San Diego/Imperial County Regional Community College CTE Programs

Find information on CTE at all Community Colleges in the San Diego/Imperial County Region at

Contact Us

If we missed your program link or you have a highlight to share, please send an email to [email protected] to be included in the next update!

Information Update

This information was last updated January 2021. 


San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road                     
San Diego, CA 92111


Email: [email protected]    
Phone: +1 (858) 292-3582