Sonoma County Office of Education

CTE Course Development

SCOE specialists are available to provide comprehensive assistance to schools and districts that are developing CTE courses and programs of study. This collaborative service can include initial research and gathering of industry input, design of learning objectives, development of course outlines, identification of student outcomes, and/or recommendation for instructional materials. In supporting the development of CTE courses, SCOE helps ensure that content is aligned with the Common Core Standards, CTE Model Curriculum Standards, and current industry expectations.

Career Pathways

A career pathway is a sequence of academic and CTE courses designed to prepare high school students for transition to more advanced post-secondary coursework in a career area of interest. Students take career pathway courses to enhance the relevance of their learning and to prepare for college and career.

Most career pathways combine academic classroom-based activities, hands-on project-based learning, and work-based learning experiences at business and agency work sites. Instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, CTE Model Curriculum Standards, and current industry practices.

Career Pathway programs are offered in high schools throughout Sonoma County in industry areas that have been identified as viable sectors of Sonoma County’s economy. Many schools provide career pathways using Smaller Learning Community models.


California State Standards
CTE Model Curriculum Standards


Questions may be directed to:

  • Stephen Jackson, Director, CTE Partnerships
  • Chuck Wade, Director, College and Career Readiness
    (707) 524-8404,