LAUSD offers career certification while students graduate from high school – NBC Los Angeles


LAUSD lets students know that a four-year college isn’t the only path to success.

During their final two years of high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students can now choose to pursue vocational technical training, or CTE, in multiple career fields.

Students can start working towards technical training for careers in the automotive industry, healthcare, and information technology. The program is a collaboration between Local District Central (LDC) and LA Unified’s Division of Adult Career and Education (DACE).

Students work towards certification while taking their school courses, as it is a dual enrollment opportunity.

“By adhering to the superintendent’s 100-day plan to expand learning options, I want our families to have a wealth of skills to increase career options,” said local District Central superintendent Frances Baez.

“Thanks to this historic partnership, our students will be able to pursue their careers.”

Who qualifies for the DACE CTE program?

Students in their last two years of high school will be able to opt for DACE CTE classes but priority will be given to seniors.

How does the professional training program work and what are the time commitments?

Students will take DACE CTE classes after school or on Saturdays and receive hands-on technical training and career readiness support.

Students will earn a certificate of completion and qualify for elective credit. They will continue with high school courses while earning professional certification.

Where will the professional training courses take place?

Instruction will be provided in-person at four high schools: 

Computer Career Readiness courses will be held at Eagle Rock and Jefferson High Schools. Healthcare classes will take place at the Roybal Learning Center, while automotive technology preparation will take place at Belmont High School.

Students can also take classes at Eagle Rock and Jefferson High Schools to learn information technology.

What does the registration process look like?

Students must contact their high school counselor to enroll in the program. The advisor will consider the following:

The counselor will identify students who could benefit from career training and CTE elective credits. Students will be asked to complete the Concurrent Enrollment Permit. The student's parent or legal guardian must sign the form. 

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