“Without this program, I wouldn’t be in school. I can honestly say CTEC is, by far, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did I get a great teacher and good friends, but I’m also learning a skill that’s not taught to us at school.” — Phillip, AXC Graduate currently employed at So-Cal Speed Shop MS

career & technical education center

As a program of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, a non-profit organization under the Los Angeles County Fair Association, CTEC has a mission to help fulfill unmet educational needs by educating and preparing students for real-world careers and professional success to help them make a positive contribution to the community. Through hands-on classroom instruction by credentialed instructors who are industry professionals, engagement with industry experts from the surrounding communities, and interaction with real work sites and professional environments, CTEC provides innovative learning experiences that give students the necessary skills to enter the workforce or continue on the pathway of higher education.

The CTEC mission is to:

  • Create a relevant year-round educational platform utilizing the unique resources of the 487 acres of Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair.
  • Present a hands-on learning experience that is focused and appeals to our state’s diverse labor market.
  • Fulfill our responsibility of community service, by establishing neighborhood partnerships with public and private-sector organizations that share our passion for interactive learning, in order to provide the very best educational experience imaginable.
  • Support students to graduate from high school with a full range of options including industry certifications, apprenticeships, formal job training, military service, and/or two or four-year college opportunities.

CTEC offers career pathway courses with focused training in Arts, Media & Design, Automotive, Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, and Hospitality. Each career pathway consists of several courses that give students the opportunity to not only gain hands-on experience and exploration of career options, but also includes the development of employability skills to secure a job.

As we look at the future of available education options for high school students, CTEC is on track to becoming a premier provider of career technical education classes that support high school students and school districts in the local communities. By continuing to offer courses focused on career training, CTEC will provide hands-on, relevant learning opportunities for youth in the local region.

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