The manufacturing and product development industry sector is an important part of California’s economy, producing a wide range of products, including computers, communications equipment, electronic components, high-tech instruments, apparel, metal products, chemicals, plastics, aircraft, ships, missiles and space products, and search and navigation equipment. Both large and small manufacturers are important participants in the electronics, multimedia, and other emergent regional industrial clusters.
This sector provides a foundation in manufacturing processes and systems for all industrial and technology education students in California. These students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates technical preparation and academics with career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in four pathways: graphic arts technology, integrated graphics technology, machine and forming technology, and welding technology. Manufacturing and Product Development pathways emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in manufacturing and graphic communication. To prepare students for the vast range of career opportunities in manufacturing and product development, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide educational and training programs.
Manufacturing and Product Design Sector Pathways
- Graphic Arts Technology
- Integrated Graphics Technology
- Machine and Forming Technology
- Welding Technology
Sample of Career Technical Education Courses
Illustrates: education level and related occupations for graphic arts technology, graphics technology, machine and forming technology, and welding technology.
- Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards (PDF; 4MB; 441pp.) May 2005 Edition.
- Career Technical Education Framework (PDF; 10MB; 484pp.)
- CA Partnership Academies
The academy model is a three-year program, grades ten through twelve, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.
- California Department of Education Apprenticeship Program
Apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning, and "learning by doing." It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school.
- SkillsUSA California
Since 1965 SkillsUSA has provided leadership training to students and instructors in the career and technical education arena.
- CTE Online
A resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders within the unique field of CTE to quality professional development tools.
- Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
Career and workforce preparation for high school students and adults, preparation for advanced training, and the upgrading of existing skills.
- California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
- California Department of Industrial Relations Apprenticeship
Lloyd McCabe, Ed.D, Education Administrator I
Michelle Oliveira, Education Programs Consultant
Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814