Requiring career and technical education for CSU admission

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 13, 2009

On March 25th, the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 147 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) requiring students to have career and technical education (CTE) courses in order to be admitted into the state’s public university systems. 
All students benefit from academically rigorous and relevant CTE courses, whether they go to a university or go straight from high school to work. Nevertheless, despite Education Code provisions, in the last two decades we have seen a steady decline in CTE enrollment. Few students now have the opportunity to explore technical careers or participate in applied-learning courses that bring relevance to academic subjects. Including a CTE admissions requirement in public university systems will help make courses more relevant for all high school students, and will help to promote career focus.
For talking points on SB 147 or to learn more about GetREAL, a coalition (which CMTA co-chairs) of business, labor and educators promoting CTE legislation and policies, click here (
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