Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Career Technical Education

CTE Pathways

Career Technical Education (CTE) increases academic performance as well as motivation and engagement in the classroom. Students gain valuable employability and technical skills needed for success in today’s economy and are better prepared for post-secondary education and high-wage, high-skills careers.

Last year, over 4,500 SVUSD intermediate and high school students were enrolled in a CTE course. Our Career Pathways cover several industry sectors, including agriculture, architecture, arts, automotive, computer science, culinary, digital media, engineering, entertainment, health science, and more. CTE provides students with real-world scenarios and the future-ready skills employers desire, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, adaptability, resiliency, and an entrepreneurial mindset. 

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For more information regarding enrolling in a CTE program, please see your school counselor.

CTE General Information



ocMaker Challenge 2022 Winners

ocmaker challenge 2022 award winners


More than 650 enterprising Orange County students showcased their creativity, ingenuity, and ability to tackle real-world problems at this year’s ocMaker Challenge, which featured over 160 STEM-infused projects. SVUSD high school students did very well! View the 2022 SVUSD winners below:

Teacher Project Name Place/Category
Phil Ureno, Trabuco Hills HS EKG Pad 1st Place (Division B, Level 1)
One Way Charger 1st Place (Division B, Level 2)
Outlet Relocator 1st Place (Division B, Level 3)
Blaise Miranda, Mission Viejo HS Calorie Counter 2nd Place (Division B, Level 3)
Laser Garage Parking Alignment 3rd Place (Division B, Level 3)
Battle Blocks 2nd Place (Division B, App Augmented)
Doug Ford, El Toro HS Cylindrical 9-12 Winner (Tooling and Fabrication)