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




CTE Success Story

Trabuco Hills High School student gets a jump on cybersecurity careers following summer academy



Cybersecurity is really outside-of-the-box thinking... It forces you to think like an attacker, to try to find holes in your own solution in order to improve it and constantly make it better.Michael Collins, THHS Senior

The Orange County Department of Education recently featured a Trabuco Hills High School student, Michael Collins, in a story about students gaining valuable skills for careers in CTE. Michael is one of about 20 high schoolers who took part in an online academy hosted last summer designed to train future cybersecurity professionals, according to the May 4th OCDE article. Read more about Michael's experience with the the academy, as well as the OCDE-led OC Pathways initiative by using the link below: