CTE - Career Pathways
Paving the way to success
Students & Parents
Start planning in middle school for possible careers when you grow up, so that you will take the right courses along the way. Most of you will change your mind many times about what you want to be when you grow up and that is okay! It is always a good idea to take math and science classes since the world is getting more technical and it leaves more choices open to you in a variety of careers in technology, science, health, manufacturing, environment, engineering, etc.
Meet with your teachers and counselors and talk about your interests since it is always best to choose a career where your work relates to what you most enjoy.
Once in grade 10, you may consider becoming a Tech Prep student and take a college level course to get a jump start on your future career:
- Find out if your course in high school is articulated with a course at Los Medanos College. Ask your teachers and counselors. Check our list by program too to learn which of our programs are currently articulated with high school courses.
- You may also take a course at Los Medanos College while you are still in high school. This is called ‘concurrent enrollment’. You should be at least 14 years old and have passed grade 8. There is no fee to enroll for an LMC course if you are concurrently enrolled. All you need to pay for are your books.
Advantages of Tech Prep
By taking high school courses in the career pathway of your choice, you
- Save time by taking the right preparatory or pre-requisite courses in high school.
- Earn credit for college courses while still in high school. This is advanced placement in the CTE program at the college. (You could even graduate from LMC and high school at the same time if you start early and plan well!)
- Save money by taking college courses free while still in high school.
- Avoid taking the same course twice in high school and in college.
- May get double credit in high school for your college course. Check with your high school counselors/teachers for your school policy.
- Transition more easily from high school to college since you already know what a college course is like.
- May be able to transfer some credits to California State Universities too.
- Make educated career choices with the help of counselors, teachers, parents and industry/business representatives.
Step by Step to get college credit for a high school articulated course
Follow these simple steps to get college credit for your high school course
Step by Step to take a college course while still in high school
You may also take LMC courses as a ‘concurrent student’ while you are still in high school. Follow these steps to get credit