High School Career Pathways


In partnership with local high schools, SRJC helps connect high school Career Pathways to college Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to give students a head start on college and careers.

  • Career Pathways are coherent sequences of high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses that prepare students for careers and continued education. Many feature articulation with postsecondary institutions, like SRJC.
  • All students benefit from developing high-demand career skills that support their success in the workforce and give them a competitive edge. Rigorous Career Pathway programs also provide college prep students with opportunities to apply academic content in real-world applications.
  • Articulation is the alignment and comparability of coursework between two levels of education, such as high school and community college. It is established through discipline specific faculty-to-faculty collaboration. For example, SRJC Automotive Technology instructors meet with their high school counterparts to confirm that concepts and skills being taught in the high school Automotive Technology courses are comparable to those of the college. Once the determination is made that coursework is sufficiently similar, formal articulation agreements are established.
  • Students successfully completing the articulated high school courses may be eligible for advanced placement in the SRJC program, and, in most cases, opportunities to earn college credit.

Articulation Benefits — A Win-Win

  • Students earn a head start on college and their careers, saving time and money by skipping redundant coursework in which they’ve already demonstrated mastery.
  • CTE faculty collaborate, share resources, conduct joint industry advisories, and update and align curriculum, which provide students with relevant career skills and a smooth transition to postsecondary and career success. 
  • High schools are better able to attract, motivate, and retain students in articulated Career Pathway courses when they offer opportunities for advanced placement in college and college credit
  • SRJC benefits from the enrollment of well-prepared, career-focused Career Pathway graduates who are ready to enroll directly in the college’s higher level CTE courses

High School Career Pathway and articulation activities are funded by the Tech Prep grant under the federal Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, administered through SRJC.

  • Summary of Tech Prep Objectives 2008-2013 (PDF)
  • CTE Outreach – For presentations and overviews of SRJC’s more than 170 Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, contact:

Oscar Guajardo, CTE Coordinator
oguajardo@santarosa.edu | phone: (707) 527-4858