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Career Technical Education

College, Career, and Community Readiness: Career Academies, Pathways & Career Technical Education Courses

EXPLORE: Your Future Starts Here is EGUSD’s Linked Learning initiative, a research-proven approach that prepares EGUSD graduates for college, career, community, and life.  EXPLORE connects rigorous academics, technical skills, relevant real-world experiences, work-based learning opportunities, and wrap-around student support to help students develop the 21st century skills and habits of mind they will need to succeed in post-secondary education and career. Our career academies and pathways engage students through a blend of:
Rigorous Academic Study
All of the academies offer students a-g-approved academic classes that are integrated with career themes and work-based learning opportunities.
Relevant Career Technical Education (CTE)
Students participate in an integrated sequence of core academic and CTE courses related to a career focus area. The three- or four-year program of study features project- and inquiry-based curricula and such real-world experiences as community service, interaction with business and industry, and field trips to colleges.
Wrap-around Student Support
In line with the EGUSD Graduate Profile, career academy and pathway students develop such critical 21st-century skills as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and teamwork that will ensure their success in college and career. Moreover, students develop strong relationships and systems of support in the “school-within-a-school” atmosphere of an academy.
Work-Based Learning Opportunities
Through our career academies and pathways students can specialize in a number of career fields including public service, business, health, engineering, green energy, agricultural science, auto technology media, and more. Local business and industry partners contribute their expertise by speaking to classes, mentoring, hosting field trips, job shadows and internships;, and participating in advisory meetings.

Elk Grove High School is proud to offer the following Pathways and Academies:
Automotive Technology Pathway

This career pathway provides students with basic automotive shop safety, tool recognition, introduction to automotive repair, technology core, exploring automotive technology and automotive technology design. Other topics include the history, development, manufacturing and prototyping of the automobile and its impact on the world. This course also provides students with entry-level training in automotive systems including brakes, engine performance, electrical/electronic systems and suspension/steering.
Culinary Arts Career Pathway
The Culinary Arts Career Pathway is designed to develop career-based culinary knowledge and skills starting at the beginning level and progressing towards increasingly advanced expertise and training. Students receive instruction in a wide variety of culinary topics and practice techniques that help prepare them either for a career or further education in a culinary field.

Leading Youth for Tomorrow’s Educators (LYFTE) Pathway 
The Leading Youth for Tomorrow’s Educators (LYFTE) Pathway at Elk Grove High School is designed for students with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Students will explore careers in education, visit college campuses, serve in elementary and middle schools, develop leadership skills and prepare for both college and career. The Education Pathway also provides support and opportunities for students, including membership in the Future Educators of America. Students completing the Careers in Education Pathway are well on their way to rewarding careers in education.
Sustainable Agriculture and Green Education (SAGE) Academy
The SAGE Academy prepares students for the 21st-century agricultural industry in California. Students learn about the sciences and technologies necessary to understand sustainability and produce food and fiber in a sustainable and energy-efficient manner. This District-certified academy offers students the opportunity to earn articulated college units.
Technology and Digital Arts (TDA) Academy
Students interested in media advertising and entertainment industries can learn film-making, photography and digital design in the Technology and Digital Arts Academy. TDA, a District-certified academy, offers students several opportunities to earn articulated college units and participate in dynamic field trips to regional colleges and such high tech companies as Google.

EGHS CTE Coordinator


Pathway and Academy Coordinators

Automotive Technology - Zachary Smith
Sustainable Agriculture and Green Education (SAGE) - Mike Albiani
Technology and Digital Arts (TDA) - Chris Coates