Career Technical Education (CTE)

What is CTE?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. As a CTE student you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in your chosen program and gain real world experience through job shadows and internships.

Statewide Career Pathways "Creating School to College Articulation"

What CTE programs are offered at PCI?

• Medical Assistant (MA) - View Flyer

Medical Assisting course description: This two – semester course divides a medical assistant’s role into administrative and clinical semesters. Learn administrative skills (front office) Fall semester, and clinical (back office) procedures and CPR during the Spring semester. After successfully completing both sessions, you are eligible to take the California Certified Medical Assistant’s exam.

Shriner's Hospital Tour Nov. 2015

• Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG) - View Flyer
  Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Source: O*NetOnline.com

• Medical Terminology - (Prerequisite Class)
  This course is an orientation to medical language. It covers the basic structure of medical terms and their components: prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms with emphasis on meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. This course also builds a medical vocabulary applicable to the specialties of medicine, the systems of the body, names of major diseases, and terms used in physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment. (Can be taken concurrently.)

• Graphic Design & Illustration Certificate (3 Online Courses)


Graphic Design & Illustration A Syllabus
Graphic Design & Illustration B Syllabus
Principles of Arts, AudioVideo Technology, and Communications Syllabus

• Applied Medical Terminology Certificate (2 Online Courses)

  Applied Medical Terminology A Syllabus
Applied Medical Terminology B Syllabus

• Child Development & Parenting Certificate (2 Online Courses)

  Child Development & Parenting A Syllabus
Child Development & Parenting B Syllabus

CTE Course Catalog


Community College Career & Tech Ed. Programs
Sierra College
American River College
Sacramento City College
Solano Community College


ROP offers tuition-free career preparation training through the local County Offices of Education. ROP classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older.  While high school students are given enrollment preference over adult students, adult enrollment is allowed on a continuous basis for all sessions on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis.

The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides hands-on, unpaid training designed to furnish students with entry-level marketable skills. ROP instructors have extensive career experience.  
Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) are taught through a series of lecture, group activities, project-based learning and job-related internship experiences.  Students will learn resumé writing, application completion, communication, interview skills, and job search techniques. Career and technical standards infused with academic standards and workplace learning prepare students for success in the workplace as well as post-secondary education.

Sacramento County R.O.P.

County/District Home Page
Classes & Locations

Participating Districts: Center USD, Elk Grove USD, Folsom-Cordova USD, Galt Joint Union HSD, Twin Rivers USD, Natomas USD, River Delta USD, Sacramento City USD, Washington USD, San Juan USD (note: San Juan only admits students attending a San Juan school into ROP courses)

Placer County R.O.P.

County/District Home Page
Classes & Locations
• Application (see your Academic Counselor)
Participating Districts: Nevada Joint Union SD, Placer Union HSD, Rocklin USD, Tahoe-Truckee USD, Western Placer USD, Roseville Joint Union HSD

Solano County R.O.P.

County/District Home Page
Classes & Locations
Participating Districts: Solano County Office, Benicia USD, Dixon USD, Fairfield-Suisun USD, Travis USD, Vacaville USD, Vallejo City USD



Jessica Nguyen
CTE Coordinator
866-992-9033 ext. 3061

Fax: 916-246-4114

I just wanted to let you (HPCS) know that I got the UC Davis job. Thanks for everything you've done to help me get to where I am now. - Medical Assisting Graduate 2015


I absolutely love my externship! I was switched from dermatology to orthopedic/podiatry, but I love it so much! It's very fast paced and hands on. Thank you for this opportunity and to all the HPCS staff.” - Medical Assisting Graduate 2015