Career Technical Education (CTE)

The Santa Cruz Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in the changing workplace. CTE, a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, is offered in cooperation with area high schools and the local business community to provide job training for high school students.

The Santa Cruz County CTE provides more than 50 courses in 15 industry sectors located at all area high schools and several community-based locations.

High School Credit:  Five high school credit units per semester are normally awarded for the successful completion of each five-hour weekly class. Most classes are year long, yielding 10 high school credits. Some classes meet more or fewer hours, and credits are adjusted proportionally.

College Credit:  College credit may be awarded for specific courses by either transfer-verification, petition or established articulation agreements with Cabrillo College and CTE. Many CTE courses are UC/CSU A-G approved. See course descriptions for details.

Fees:  Books are at no-cost to high school students. Upon completion, if a state-licensing exam is required, the cost of the exam is the student’s responsibility.

Certifications:  Some CTE classes provide training that meets CA State requirements. For classes that prepare students for State Certification, the applicant must also pass a State Certification Exam.

Transportation:  Students must provide their own transportation to and from off-campus CTE classes.

Registration:  Student register for CTE classes on their SVHS Course Selection Form and with the SVHS CTE Technician.

For additional information about CTE and detailed descriptions of off-campus courses, see the CTE Technician or go to Santa Cruz COE, CTE


Amy Paul

CTE Advisor


The CTE at Scotts Valley High helps you to become College and Career Ready by offering practical, hands-on classes that build Career skills now and for the future.  CTE is a countywide program and is open to all high school students fifteen years and older.

** Appropriate for 10th grade students, 11th and 12th grades have priority.

On-Campus Classes

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Development

  • Game Design

  • Music Production 

Off-Campus Classes

Off-campus classes must fit in student's high school schedule.  Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus classes. Some examples include:

  • Aquaculture

  • Automotive Services Technician

  • Biotechnology

  • Bicycle Performance & Technology

  • Cabinetry

  • Construction Technology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Environmental Horticulture

  • Fire Science

  • Green Careers

  • Health Careers

  • Medical Technologies

  • Organic Agriculture Production/Gardening

  • Sports Medicine

  • Welding