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Career Technical Education (CTE)

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Career Technical Education (CTE)

Mission: To provide industry-linked programs and services that enable all individuals to reach their career goals in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency, compete in the global marketplace, and contribute to California's economic prosperity.

Career Technical Education (CTE) at Santa Monica College (SMC) prepares students for entry level professional employment opportunities, typically within one to four semesters. 

CTE programs prepare students for entry into the workforce in their specific fields. Upon completion, students leave SMC with a wide range of knowledge: theoretical, hands-on, applied and experiential.

Our programs are led by educators with extensive expertise in their field, many of which hold positions outside of the college, contributing to the fact our faculty are top notch trainers and instructors in these industries.

Each year SMC invests in updating our technology, equipment and materials to ensure our students are obtaining the best possible learning experience- at or above the present industry standard.



















SMC offers:

37 CTE related Associate Degrees,

36 CTE Certificates of Achievement and

37 CTE Departmental Certificate programs. 


For a comprehensive table of our CTE Programs, please click here

CTE programs also prepare individuals to work in the rapidly expanding green economy

For more information on CTE, please contact us at: (310) 434-4199