Career & Technical Education (CTE)

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides 21st century, academic and technical skills for all students. Courses fit within one of the 16 Career Clusters -- a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products. The vast majority fit into a pathway that moves from exploratory to preparatory, culminating in dual credit (college credit), industry-level certification, internship and/or apprenticeship. Courses offered vary slightly per school based on staff qualifications/certifications, equipment, and student interest.

    • Standards: All CTE courses in SPS use state and local advisory committee-approved curriculum aligned to state and national industry standards. All frameworks are approved locally by advisory committees and at the state level by OSPI. 
      • Program advisory committees consist of teachers, business and industry representatives, parents and students who meet three or more times per school year with the intention of providing guidance and assistance so that equipment and curriculum meet current industry expectations and standards.
      • general advisory committee oversees the overall district CTE program and approves the annual CTE plan, the annual Perkins Grant plan, and all conditional CTE teaching certificates.
    • Curriculum: CTE courses begin in middle school with the exploration of three STEM pathways: Biomed, Computer Science and Engineering. All middle school curriculum is from Project Lead The Way. Middle and high school curriculum examples include:
    • Youth Apprenticeship in High School: All youth apprenticeships are registered with the WA Department of Labor and Industries and regulated by the WA Apprenticeship Training Council. Youth apprenticeships require 144 hours of additional instruction per year (for two years) and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

    • Programs of Study give students a graduation pathway for taking a series of CTE courses.

    Student Leadership

    Through CTE student organizations, students can learn more about careers and post-high school education and training options, gain leadership skills, and have the opportunity to test their skills in local, state and/or national competitions.

    Approved National Affiliated Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

    • DECA: marketing, finance, hospitality and management
    • FFA: agriculture and leadership
    • FCCLA: Family and Consumer Sciences education
    • HOSA: health professions 
    • SkillsUSA: career and technical education
    • TSA: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
    • WCTSMA: sports medicine professions

    Local Leadership Equivalency Organizations (LLEO)

    Business Partners: Get involved with CTE!

    Participate as an active member of a program advisory committee, be a guest speaker or CTSO/LLEO mentor, or provide job site tours, job shadows, internships or apprenticeships for your industry.

    Access2Experience connects industry professionals to educators.

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