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Career Technical Education

CTE Pathways by Industry Sector

Delivering Skills for Life!

Career Technical Education/Workforce Preparation

Career Technical Education (CTE) and Workforce Preparation in a school district focus on equipping students with practical skills, industry knowledge, and work-related experiences that prepare them for successful careers and further education. This department bridges the gap between education and the workforce by providing students with the tools they need to thrive in their chosen fields.

Patterson's Career Technical Education Pathways engages students in hands-on, skill-based programs to prepare them with skills that are useful whether they go to college, enter the workforce, or both after high school. It is our mission to train students with real-world applicable skills by training them in industries that are in demand in the local labor market. 

Students will have access to a plethora of knowledge, practical skill-building, professional skills, and industry-recognized certifications aimed at preparing them for life after high school. We encourage all students to consider taking a CTE pathway that fits their interests and future career planning.  


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Kym Brinkman
Career Technical Education / Career Navigation Director

Why it is so important that you take a Career Technical Education pathway:

How to Obtain a Competitive Advantage for Your Future:
  • Rigorous General Education (High School Diploma)
  • Technical Skills (CTE Pathway: Hands-on training)
  • Industry Recognized Certification (CTE Pathway)
  • Employment Preparation (Soft-skills/Professional skills - CTE Pathway)