What is CTE?  

CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. CTE classes are elective courses aligned with a specific career or industry focus.

Why CTE?

CTE classes and pathways provide students with:

  • Opportunities to explore potential careers and industries while developing the academic knowledge, technical skills, and training necessary to succeed in college and/or their chosen career industry.
  • Hands-on learning experiences that help students fulfill their elective high school graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Opportunities to earn certificates, college credit, and leadership experience. 

What is a pathway?

A pathway is a sequence of courses within a subject area. CTE pathways range from 2 to 4 years in length and culminate in a capstone-level course. Courses within the same CTE pathway are designed to be taken in sequential order to ensure the development of knowledge and skills over time. 

Torrance High offers the following CTE pathways:

CTE Pathways

Torrance High’s career and technical education (CTE) courses are aligned with the California Department of Education Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and are integrated into the student’s four-year academic plan as elective courses.

Several of the CTE courses also qualify for Dual Enrolment credit through El Camino Community College. Through this partnership, students earn high school and college credit simultaneously. View more information on Torrance High’s Dual Enrollment program.  

Dual Enrollment

Torrance High’s Engineering courses utilize curriculum designed by Project Lead the Way, an innovative national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative. View more information about Project Lead the Way.

Project Lead the Way


Visit our TUSD CTE Webpage for more information