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Career Technical Education - Grades 9-12

What is Career Technical Education?

  • Career Technical Education is a program designed to prepare students for a career. The purpose of Career Technical Education Programs is to provide a wide variety of specialized career education programs to Stanislaus County residents age 16 and older.
  • High School credit can be earned
  • Services offered by Career Technical Education include job training, career counseling and job placement assistance.
  • Training develops marketable skills, abilities, attitudes and work habits so students may:
    Secure jobs
    Upgrade skills
    Prepare for advanced careers

Employment Possibilities

  • Classes are offered after careful research that reveals promising career and job opportunities in that field.
  • Career Technical Education students learn to work through practical experience. After basic classroom training, many students are placed at work sites throughout the community and are taught by skilled employees.


  • There are over 100 CTE/ROP courses being offered throughout Stanislaus County school districts. All courses offer high school credit. Some courses offer community college credit through 2+2 articulation.  Curriculum Outlines


  • It's simple. High school students should visit their high school counselor or career center for detailed information on classes.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF COURSE OFFERINGS BY DISTRICT, click the following link; CTE in Stanislaus County

February is CTE Awareness month check out this short video! 




Annual Apprenticeship Exposition

On October 10th 2019 over 650 Juniors and Seniors from high schools in Stanislaus County attended the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Expo at the Modesto Junior College ACE Pavilion. The Stanislaus County Office of Education partnered with Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, Stanislaus Area Manufacturing and Maintenance Joint Apprenticeship Program, and Modesto Junior College to host an event dedicated to showcasing the apprenticeship opportunities for students in our area!

Students Experienced the Following Activities

· Experience interactive, hands-on trade demonstrations
· Learn about “Careers in the Construction & Manufacturing Trades”
· Learn “What is an Apprentice”
· Learn “How to Prepare & Apply for an Apprenticeship Career While in High School”
· Connect with apprenticeship coordinators and employers from multiple industries

Careers Represented Included

*Brick Layer     *Carpenter     *Cement Mason     *Drywall & Lathers*Electricians     *Heavy Equipment Service Tech/CAT Diesel     *Heat & Frost Insulators     *Iron Workers     *Laborers*Machinist     *Operating Engineers     *Plasterers     *Painters     *Plumbers & Pipe Fitters      *Roofers     *Sheet Metal Workers     *Sound & Communication     *Sprinkler Fitters

Collage of students experiencing various hands on trades careers

Destination Medicine

170 students attended the February 22, 2020 4th Annual Destination Medicine Student Health Conference.  This event is put together through a partnership with The Stanislaus Medical Society and SCOE’s Educational Options Division. Student’s had the opportunity to explore hands on learning experiences in Laparoscopy, Surgery including a Da Vinci robot demonstration, Radiology/Ultrasound, Urgent Care, and an EMT-CPR workshop.


Occupational Olympics & Career Expo

The Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition promotes academic and occupational understanding in various career areas and recognizes students who excel in mastery of skills and knowledge necessary for success within a given career.

The event includes competency-based competition leading to individual awards and a career exposition where various agencies, industries, and individuals representing a multitude of occupations are available to discuss careers with students on a one-to-one basis. The career exposition is often clustered in the following areas: Agriculture, Business, Home Economics, Industrial Technology/Engineering, Arts, Media and Entertainment and Health to enable students to focus on their chosen career(s).

Competitive events have been held in the following fields:

Ag Engineering/Construction Trades General Marketing  Salad Prep & Display
Agricultural Equipment Technology  Hairstyling  Small Engine Technology
Animal Husbandry  Job Seeking Skills Video Game Design
Automotive Technology Marketing Mathematics Welding
Basic Life Support CPR/1st Aid Medical Occupations  
Criminal Justice  Pitsco Drag Racing  
Fashion Design  Portfolio Review  
Firefighter Candidate  Retail Selling  
Floriculture  Robotics Technology  



For more information on the Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition, contact the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Educational Options Office at (209) 238-1513.

OOCE Student Registration Form                                                                   

2020 OOCE Student Registration Packet

2020 OOCE Poster


Key Contacts

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Dallas Plaa

Director II - Career Technical Education

Casey White

Event Planning Specialist II

Kevin Fox

Career and Technical Education Coordinator