Career Technical Education (CTE)

The Downey Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program (R.O.P.) have partnered to create a Career Technical Education (CTE) Program at Downey High School which will include several career pathways available for high school students.

Contact Us

CTE Office Phone:  (562) 869-7301 x5514
CTE Office Location:  Room A-201

Visit the DUSD CTE Website for More Information

Why should you participate in CTE?

  • To explore career interests and goals
  • To learn employability and job skills
  • To create a personal portfolio
  • To obtain work experience and on-the-job training
  • To prepare for advanced career training
  • To receive high school credits

Who should enroll?

  • High School Students
  • Students doing career exploration
  • Students needing job training
  • Students with special needs

Courses Offered

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  • Financial Services
  • Professional Dance
  • Principles in Education
  • Hospitality/Hotel Management
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Retail Marketing
  • Project Lead the Way – Engineering Pathway
  • Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Sciences
  • Law Enforcement
  • Landscaping
  • Automotive Technology
  • Film and Television Production
  • Health Occupations
  • Sports Medicine
  • Construction Technology
  • More courses offered at Warren High!

Classroom Settings

CTE classes are designed to provide academic studies and hands-on training in entry-level job skills. The classes may be conducted either as classroom-only, community classroom, or cooperative vocational education courses.

  • Classroom-Only – Instruction takes place in classroom setting with hands-on skills training using industry standard equipment.
  • Community Classroom Setting – Community classroom is a combination of classroom instruction and unpaid on-the-job training at business and public agency sites.
  • Cooperative Vocational Education (CVE) – CVE is a combination of classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. Students participating in CVE classes must attend related classroom instruction a minimum of 2.5 hours per week throughout the course

What this means for parents…

Your student will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to successfully transition from school to career and beyond. According to the Department of Labor, statistics show that skilled trade people can earn more money than people with master’s degrees. We believe that by integrating career technical education into the academic curriculum, students will see the connection and value between an education and career technical training. Ultimately, students will be able to pursue rewarding and well-paying jobs and/or continue their education in college or a technical school.

What this means for Middle School Students…

In addition to your college prep classes at Downey, you can experience hands-on training in a specific career area to see if you really want to invest your time to become an architect, chef or hotel manager after you graduate.