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What is Career Technical Education? 

CTE prepares students of all ages for a wide range of high-wage, high-demand careers through the integration of rigorous academics and relevant, hands-on, industry-based experiences within the classroom setting and through work-based learning experiences.  Southern California Regional Occupational Center has provided high-quality CTE for surrounding high school and adult students since 1968.

After completing courses in CTE, you will have a clearer vision of your future career path and what the next steps will be. Career Technical Education allows high school students to see what options are out there and see first-hand what careers they enjoy and thrive in.

Whether you decide to enter the workforce, pursue a trade or apprenticeship, or apply to college, CTE adds to the traditional high school experience and is designed to prepare you for the next stage in your life.

Will I earn high school credits and are the courses A-G approved?

Students who successfully complete our courses will earn high school elective credit and many of our courses are A-G approved. 

A-G courses are a series of high school classes that students are required to successfully complete to be eligible for admission to the California State University and University of California systems. Upon completion students have received hands-on and project-based training and are better prepared for college. SoCal ROC proudly offers over 30 A-G approved courses to all students. 

These letters represent different academic areas and are assigned to courses that have been approved as meeting the criteria for students to be able to matriculate into the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems as such: (A) History/Social Science, (B) English, (C) Mathematics, (D) Laboratory Science, (E) Languages Other Than English, (F) Visual and Performing Arts, and (G) College Preparatory Electives.

You can check out our A-G approved courses here.

What if I already have a plan to attend college, can CTE courses still help me?

Career Technical Education is a great resource to help students prepare for higher education and give them a competitive edge over other applicants. Career Technical Education is completely worth the time investment for the reasons listed below:

  • It provides practical experience with potential careers and helps students make a more informed decision about their next steps after graduation. This allows you to make the most of your time in college and invest your time and money in a career just right for you!
  • You will be exposed to industry professionals, terminology, equipment, and environments designed to prepare you for life after high school. You are given an opportunity to apply what you learned in the classroom and build your confidence and knowledge of industry specific skills that you will carry with you for the rest of your career!
  • You will set yourself apart from the crowd during the college admission process by demonstrating mastery of industry skills through CTE certifications, and in many cases official industry certifications! In addition to the certifications, you will gain soft skills and industry exposure that is unique to CTE students.
Can any high school student enroll?

Yes, SoCal ROC is unique in providing services for all high school students (9th-12th grade) in the surrounding area! Meaning if you would like to explore careers and earn industry certifications while still in high school you are able to! In fact, if you attend a school in one of the six school districts served by SoCal ROC tuition, materials, and transportation is free! This is able to happen thanks to a joint powers agreement established between SoCal ROC and its six partner districts.

  • El Segundo USD
  • Inglewood USD 
  • Manhattan Beach USD 
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula USD 
  • Redondo Beach USD

  • Torrance USD 

Not a part of our JPA districts? Don’t worry you can still enroll by paying out of pocket or by contacting South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and/or Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) to see if you qualify for financial support
 
What are the courses you offer?

SoCal ROC offers a variety of courses covering a wide range of industry sectors. SoCal ROC categorizes our courses by schools; 

  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Engineering and Design 
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Public and Consumer Services

Each School features many different pathways and course offerings. We offer in-demand courses ranging from Medical Assisting to Video Game Design. To find a course that is right for you click here!

How do I register?

Students can register through their home school counseling offices or by contacting SoCal ROC's assigned Career Guidance Specialists.

Please note;

  • Submitting a pre-registration request to your counselor does not guarantee enrollment into the course
  • Students enrollment must be approved by your school counselor
  • SoCal ROC may cancel a course at anytime
  • SoCal ROC reports the attendance hours and final grades to the students’ high school
  • The high school determines and awards transcript credit for students based on this information
  • SoCal ROC reserves the right to dismiss students from the course offering due to excessive absences, excessive tardiness, and other misbehavior
  • SoCal constantly updates this list of course offerings frequently due to a variety of reasons such as staffing and student demand
CTE standards: What are the CTE Standards?

The California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards were adopted by the State Board of Education on May 11, 2005, and are now available from the California Department of Education.

The standards, written for grades 7-12, specify learning goals in 58 career pathways organized around 15 industry sectors. The CTE Framework is designed to guide curriculum discussions at the local level resulting in a rigorous and relevant career technical education curriculum that increases student achievement.

The CTE standards and framework will bolster California's standards-based education system by incorporating cutting-edge knowledge about career options, technology, and skills required for success in adult life. This initiative is critical if California is to meet the challenges inherent in its diverse, rapidly changing education, economic, policy, and workforce environment.