Career Education

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About CTE Transitions

CTE Transitions, formerly Tech Prep, is a federal initiative developed to address the demand for a highly skilled workforce. CTE Transitions is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement ACT of 2006 (Perkins IV, using the option of a “10% Reserve” set-aside from Title I, Part C Funding). Southwestern College partners with the Sweetwater Union High School district, Sweetwater Adult Schools, and Coronado High School allowing students to continue their education.

CTE Transitions is a bridge or pathway that connects learning to careers. It provides students with the technical skills, knowledge and attitudes in preparation for high skill or high demand occupations in our current and emerging professions.

CTE Transitions focuses on five objectives: outreach/career exploration, articulation, concurrent enrollment, credit by exam, and work-based learning.

CTE Transitions requires designated community colleges to fund activities related to CTE Transitions objectives with the goal of helping Career Technical Education students transition from secondary to postsecondary education and on to the world of work.

The program provides a means for students to begin a program of study in high school which continues to a community college. These programs combine academic courses needed for success in college and technical courses needed to prepare students for high skilled, high demand careers.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs prepare students for high skill, high demand technical careers in a competitive global economy.

CTE Tansitions FAQS

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The Career Technical Education (CTE) Transitions program at Southwestern College is committed to working in partnership with the Sweetwater Union and Coronado High Districts along with our local Adult School programs to give students a head start in selected college career technical programs. High School and Adult School CTE Transitions students can earn college credit in their chosen career pathway by enrolling in and completing the articulated courses. Having the ability to begin college with credits already completed provides students with a head start toward their college certificate or degree.

Here are the steps to follow to earn your college credit:

  1. Enroll in a CTE course at your school
  2. Complete the Southwestern College Application process – Link to CCC Apply
  3. Register for this class in the CATEMA system
  4. If you are a High School Student you will also need to return this permission form signed by your parent/guardian – Link to CTE Transitions College Credit Request form
  5. Pass the course with a B or higher