Career and Technical Education @ Sierra College
Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Sierra College is a group of programs that prepares students for entry into professional level employment opportunities, typically within one to four semesters. There are twenty-four programs offered at Sierra College that directly relate to industries within the Sierra District and its local labor market needs.
Our programs are led by educators with extensive expertise in their field, many of which also hold positions outside of the college, which contributes to our faculty being the most up-to-date trainers and instructors in these industries. Our programs are also led through Advisory Boards: professionals and leaders in each field or industry who are consulted on an on-going basis regarding program offerings, development, curriculum, labor market needs, new technology and other workplace skills necessary for graduates of these programs to be successful.
We invest over $200,000 each year in updating our technology, equipment and materials to ensure our students are learning at or above the current industry standard. Our programs are lauded by industry leaders as fully meeting their technical knowledge base and employment needs.
The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity and expression, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics.
Sierra College offers the following CTE programs:
- Administration of Justice
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Applied Art and Design
- Automotive Technology
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Construction and Energy Technology
- Drafting and Engineering Support
- Early Childhood Education
- EMT/Health Sciences
- Fire Technology
- Geographic Information Systems
- Nutrition and Fitness Trainer
- Recreation Management
- Technical Theater
- Welding Technology
AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE
What is Career Technical Education @ American River College?
Career Technical Education (CTE) is a term for educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. A key element of these programs is how coursework integrates academic knowledge with technical and career readiness skills, preparing students with the skills they need to launch into a career.
CTE programs help students apply the abstract concepts and theories from academic coursework to real world situations, providing them with practical, and relevant skills that will make them more employable upon graduation. CTE programs often provide students with opportunities to gain work experience through internships, work-based learning, and industry-certification opportunities. CTE offers a wide range of learning experiences spanning many different career tracks, fields, and industries, from skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, welding, or solar technology to fields as diverse as horticulture, culinary arts, fashion design, commercial music, business, engineering, fire technology, nursing, early childhood education, or law enforcement.
CTE Pathways and Programs at American River College:
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Arts, Media & Entertainment
- Building Trades & Construction
- Education, Children & Family Services
- Energy & Utilities
- Engineering & Design
- Fashion & Interior Design
- Finance & Business
- Health Science & Medical Technology
- Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing & Product Development
- Marketing, Sales & Services
- Public Services