Career Technical Education (CTE)

  • If you are a current high school student who wants to take CTE after-school classes, complete the process of applying by registering now.

    There are many courses you take in school, like math, science, English/language arts, and social studies that are important in many careers. When you begin to see the connection between what you are learning and what the workplace and college requirements are, then school will mean more to you.  There are many elective courses you may take in high school that will allow you to gain some technical skills for a career of your choice. Some high schools also have academies, CTE classes, and other technical programs which will further your interest.  When it comes to careers, change is inevitable. It is not unusual for adults to change their occupations seven or eight times during their working years. The key to good career planning is to be aware of all your options and to explore new opportunities as they arise and interest  you.

    Career preparation may include the following:
    Take an interest inventory. Take an interest survey Now at
    Listen to guest speakers visiting your school
    Participate in the job shadowing opportunities offered by your school
    Apply for a summer job in a field that interests you
    Serve as a volunteer
    Write your first résume
    Talk to a counselor about careers
    Read a book on career planning
    Research various occupations in Job Choices, Occupational Outlook Handbook, or similar publications
    Participate in school/local clubs and organizations
    Take a leadership role in school/local clubs and organizations
    According to surveys conducted by the National Associations of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the top ten personal characteristics employers seek include:
    1. Ability to work in a team
    2. Problem Solving Skills
    3. Analytical/Quantitative Skills
    4. Communication skills (verbal)
    5. Communication skills (written)
    6. Initiative
    7. Leadership
    8. Technical skills
    9. Flexibility/Adaptability
    10. Strong Work Ethics

    According to employers, the top seven skills employers seek include:
    1. Communication skills
    2. Leadership skills
    3. Teamwork skills
    4. Interpersonal skills
    5. Leaerning/Adaptability skills
    6. Self-management skills
    7. Organization skills
    Each high school in the Glendale Unified School District offers specialized course offerings that will help define a student's personal career choice. Hoover's CTE Pathways are below:

    Revised 9/5/22