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CTE Distance Learning Resources

Information and resources to assist educators providing Career Technical Education (CTE) support to students and families through distance learning.

For information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) refer to the California Department of Education (CDE) COVID-19 Web Page.

The resource links on this page have been identified by content specialists from the CDE's Career and College Transition Division (CCTD) and the San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE) Department of College and Career Readiness. Many of the resources listed are low-tech and accessible with a Chromebook or mobile device, or have offline options. Additional resources and opportunities will be added as they become available.

Email join-cctd-updates@mlist.cde.ca.gov to receive the monthly career technical education (CTE) distance learning publication which includes information on upcoming events, webinars, and resources, including a lesson for each industry sector.

Note: Some resources will require users to create an account using an email address and are only free for a limited time. The CCTD and SDCOE do not endorse any vendor, product or service listed on this page.

Curriculum, Media, and Online Courses for CTE

Find pre-existing lesson plans, courses and other curriculum materials to draw from as you build out the CTE distance learning plan that is right for your students.

Career Exploration Resources for Educators

Give students authentic opportunities to connect with industry and explore their future while learning from a distance.

  • California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) External link opens in new window or tab. Career development information and resources to support development of the critical career self-management skills necessary for success in today's world of work.
  • Career and College Readiness Lesson Plans External link opens in new window or tab. Forty-five lesson plans available on CalCRN designed to introduce students to a broad range of critical career readiness knowledge and skills, leading to the development of a personal career action plan.
  • EVERFI External link opens in new window or tab. Free online lessons, that are easy for students to access in the classroom or at home. Built-in assessments and reporting.
  • Junior Achievement External link opens in new window or tab. Free resources to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to become career ready. Modules are available for Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy¸ Work and Career Readiness.
  • Making My Future Work External link opens in new window or tab. A curriculum manual that contains 80 lessons across four modules focusing on themes of self-exploration, career exploration, 21st-century skills and entry into college.
  • Next Generation Personal Finance External link opens in new window or tab. Free lessons, interactives, assessments and other resources for engaging students with personal finance curriculum when you sign up for a free teacher account.
  • Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy External link opens in new window or tab. Engaging multimedia interface that delivers high-quality career planning, job exploration and a unique ‘flight simulator for job seekers’.
  • Staying Safe at Work External link opens in new window or tab. A six-lesson training program designed to teach basic occupational safety and health knowledge and skills to young and older workers, and students with disabilities.
  • Youth@Work: Talking Safety Curriculum for California External link opens in new window or tab. A free curriculum that teaches basic safety skills through the use of highly participatory activities such as games, small group hands-on activities, and role plays.

Career Exploration Resources for Students

  • California CareerZone External link opens in new window or tab. CalCRN Web-based career exploration system providing four easy to use career assessment tools and information on over 900 California occupations.
  • California Career Center External link opens in new window or tab. CalCRN Online virtual counselor for career and college exploration andplanningresources to help students map their futures.
  • Exploring Career Options Packet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) A printable guide from CalCRN designed to help students discover their preferred place in the world of work by exploring four career-related questions.
  • CareerOneStop Get My Future External link opens in new window or tab. Information, tools, and links to resources to help anyone age 16 to 24 explore careers, learn about and locate training or education programs, and conduct a successful job search.
  • Career Readiness Workbook External link opens in new window or tab. From the Berkeley Career Center External link opens in new window or tab. printable resource designed to aid students in a job search.

Adult Education Resources

Find distance learning support for the unique challenges and opportunities in adult education.

Professional Learning Resources

Build your capacity to support distance learning through the following courses, webinars and resources.

Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) COVID-19 Resources

Students can still develop leadership from home with resources and guidance from the following CTSOs.

Community College Sector Specific Resources

See the sector specific page for instructor resources aligned to industry.

For information on graduation requirements refer to the FAQs on Graduation Requirements.

Questions:   Allison Frenzel | afrenzel@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-5364
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
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