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Career Technical Education Options

Vocational, trade, correspondence or specialty schools can be a great way to get the training and education needed for a variety of jobs.
"Learning by Doing" is the core of Vocational Education Training. Practical learning more than theoretical learning is the priority. Students in vocational schools spend significantly more time practicing tangible skills that they will need and can apply to the workplace. The focus of their studies is on acquiring knowledge and competencies that they need to work proficiently in their chosen field. (Source:
For some students, these schools may be more appropriate than a public institution. For example, private institutions of music permit a student to specialize more narrowly in the study of music than do public institutions. This is also true in the areas of art, business, modeling, court reporting, computer programming, drafting, fashion designing, etc. Some courses can be completed in nine months, but do not offer the AA (Associate of Arts) degree that a two-year community college course offers. Always investigate the school you are considering to be sure that it is an accredited school that is operated ethically.

Below are links to information about technical and vocational schools, apprenticeships programs, culinary schools, design institutes, and visual and performing arts schools, as well a career exploration website:
Vocational & Trade Schools    
SVCTE Silicon Valley Career Technical Education for students and adults.
The Arts Institute of Schools Offering careers in Arts & Technology.
School Search Engine Technical & Vocational School Guide.
Apprenticeship Programs    
Department of Industrial Relations Search available apprenticeship programs by county and occupation.
California Apprenticeship California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association Search Engine.
Culinary Schools    
Culinary Institute of America For more than six decades, the Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education.
Le Cordon Bleu Schools Schools across the world with the certification of Le Cordon Bleu, strive to provide you with the cooking training and culinary education that is second to none.
International Culinary Center In 600 hours, the International Culinary Center takes you from basic knife skills through training on every station on the line, providing you with real-world knowledge that will support you in any field of the culinary industry.
School Search Engine Peterson's Culinary Arts School Search
Design, Visual & Performing Arts Schools    
Academy of Art University  With state-of-the-art campuses online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University guides students to professional creative futures, offering accredited degrees in 21 areas of art and design.
Fashion Institute of Design & Manufacturing FIDM is a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries.
School Search Engine Peterson's Theater School Search
School Search Engine National Association of Schools of Art & Design
Career Exploration Website    
Boy Scouts of America
Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council
Explore careers in Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement
For additional information about career technical education options, please speak with our Guidance Team.
Many students will continue their studies at a Community College by attending a 2-year community college to earn an Associate Degree, for additional technical training, or prior to transferring to a 4-year college for their Junior and Senior year (having already completed the general ed requirements at community college.) To learn more, visit the admissions website below.
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* Disclaimer: Campbell Union High School District and Del Mar High School cannot be responsible for the content, accuracy or accessibility of external link sites referenced on this web page. External link sites are not supervised by or within the control of CUHSD or Del Mar High School.