Career Pathways & CTE

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About CTE

Career Technical Education is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.


  • A Pathway is a sequence of courses within your area of interest.
  • A Pathway will connect your career interests from high school to college and/or career.
  • A Pathway is your educational road map guiding you to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to your chosen career destination.
  • A Pathway will help you acquire the depth of knowledge and skill linked with specific post-secondary programs that will lead to a certificate or degree and/or career.
  • You choose, you decide what Pathway is right for you.

CTE Pathways Offered at ECHS

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Is This Career Pathway Right For You?

Interested in learning about animals, plants, and soil? Do you love science and math? Do you love working outdoors? Do you have an interest in technology, science, business, finance or communication? Do you want to help the environment, people, or produce a healthy and sustainable food supply?

Sample Careers and Degree Required

  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Ag Engineer
  • Farmer
  • Ag Lawyer
  • Heavy Equipment operator
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Greenhouse/Nursery Operator
  • Ag Loan Officer
  • Food Scientist
  • Ag Lobbyist
  • Ag Teacher
  • Feed/Seed/ Supplies Store Owner/Operator
  • Rancher
  • Botanist
  • Geneticist
  • Soil scientist
  • Water Specialist
  • Range Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Fabrication

Arts, Media, & Entertainment

Is This Career Pathway Right For You?

Are you a creative thinker? Are you imaginative, innovative, and original? Do you like to communicate ideas artistically? Do you like drawing & painting, designing graphics, or taking photos? This may be the career path for you!

Sample Careers and Degree Required


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Arts

Various Certifications

  • Graphic Designers
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Publicity Directors
  • Cutters/Fitters/Seamstress
  • Fine Artists
  • Photographers
  • Special Effects Coordinators
  • Videographers
  • Camera Operators
  • Animators
  • Sound Technicians
  • Make-Up Artists
  • Sign Painters
Link to All Careers in Art

Building & Construction Trades

Business & Finance

Education & Child Development

Health Science & Medical Technology

Is This Career Pathway Right For You?

Do you want to be a doctor or nurse? Are you interested in information about the measles outbreak? Would you like to design your own plant? Create specific medicine to cure cancer? Do you love math and science? Do you love research and development?

Sample Careers and Degree Required

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Farmer
  • Agricultural Biologist
  • Ag engineer
  • Ag lawyer
  • Food Scientist
  • Immunologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Patent Researcher
  • Designing plants (food or materials) or medicines specific to bettering human life.
  • Bioinformatics
  • Gene therapist
  • Technical Writers
  • Microbiologist
  • Science Teacher

Information & Communication Technology

Is This Career Pathway Right For You?

Are you interested in understanding how computers are used in all aspects of businesses and society? Do you see the big picture from need to solution? Are you the one everyone calls when they want their own website or when their computer acts wonky?

Sample Careers and Degree Required

  • Computer Programmers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Multi-Media Artists and Animators
  • Marketing Strategists
  • Software Developer
  • Web Administrators
  • Web Developers
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Computer & Information Systems Management
  • Computer Operators
  • Systems Analysts
  • Systems Engineers
  • Systems Architects
  • Database Admin
  • Document Management
  • Info Tech Project Management
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Software tester
  • Computer Networking
  • Telecommunication
  • Video Game Design


Marketing, Sales, and Service

El Capitan CTE Teachers are committed to developing 21st century leaders who demonstrate integrity, honor, and compassion as they gain the academic and technological skills needed to achieve excellence in college and career. Below are links to organizations we feel support that vision.