CTE Director's Message

CTE Director's Message

Garden Grove Unified School District provides a variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to secondary students and adults. CTE Courses are offered at all seven comprehensive high schools, our continuation high school, all ten intermediate schools, and to adults through Garden Grove Adult Education at Lincoln Education Center.

CTE course work engages students in dynamic, experiential learning that allows them to develop and master the technical, academic, employability, decision-making, and interpersonal skills needed for post-secondary success and satisfaction. It helps adults develop new skills in response to changing workforce demands and invest in their own lifelong learning.

Our programs apply rigorous academic content standards to relevant, real-world situations. Instructors have professional experience in the industry sectors and subjects they teach and students use 21st century, industry-standard tools and technology in the classrooms. Courses and pathways are developed in response to student interests and goals and in collaboration with business advisory committee members, local agencies, college and university partners, and the Orange County Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education partnership (CTEp).

Our CTE department promotes the district’s strategic plan of equipping all students for lifelong success. We currently offer over 70 courses in a variety of industry sectors to high school students and adults. Most secondary school courses are offered during the regularly scheduled day while many are offered before or after school and during summer session. Classes enable high school students to explore a career field of interest, prepare for college and other post-secondary endeavors, develop transferable skills, and meet graduation requirements. Many high school classes offer early college credit and most contribute to UC a-g requirements.

In response to changing policies, standards, and economic demands, Career and Technical Education in Garden Grove Unified is committed to developing increasingly rigorous and relevant programs, resources, and services to benefit students and the community. My goal is to foster innovation and continuous improvement of CTE instructional programs so that today's students are equipped to become tomorrow's leaders in a rapidly changing global economy.

Please explore this website for more resources and information about our classes, pathways, and programs. Allow us to assist you in developing the technical skills, leadership ability, and career preparation you will need to create a vision and action plan for a successful future.

Myra Clarke

Director, Career and Technical Education