Career and Technical Education programs are partially supported through federal and state funds, Perkins and CTE Transitions.

CTE Transitions

CTE Transitions provides a means for students to begin a program of study in high school which continues to a community college. These programs combine academic courses and CTE courses needed for success in college to prepare students for high skilled, high demand careers. Students can earn college credit while still in high school and/or ROPs (Regional Occupational Programs) to identify career pathways. 

Many CTE programs at Skyline College have articulation agreements with designated high schools, SMCOE Regional Occupational Programs and with other training partners. The college works with high schools/ROP/industry partners to align courses with core competencies. Students prepare for technical careers in a variety of fields including, automotive technology, early childhood education, health and human services, information technology, computer technology and alternative energy.

See the CTE Transitions website for general information about CTE Transitions, applying for CTE credit, articulation agreements, forms, and many other resources. The program is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement ACT of 2006 (Perkins IV) a federal initiative developed to address the demand for a highly skilled workforce. 


The current VTEA grant, also known as "Perkins IV" was signed into law in 2006. The VTEA grant is administered by the Office of Career Technical Education and Instruction Office. The Carl Perkins VTEA IV grant administered by the United States Department of Education and the California Community College Chancellor's Office supports career technical education programs. The focus of the grant is on program improvement, increased coordination with career technical education and the community, stronger academic and technical integration, connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and a focus on business and industry.

Planning for VTEA funded projects is done concurrently with the regular college budget and planning process. Justification for projects is based on the most recent Program Evaluation Process report, recommendations from program advisory committees, and campus-wide planning priorities. All proposed projects are included in area and division unit plans.