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Career and Technical Education

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) are courses at the high school level that help students explore career opportunities and learn how academic subjects like math and science are used in various career fields. These classes feature skills standards in a subject matter content as well as leadership and employability training.

CTE courses are available at all high schools, but do vary by school. If your student has a strong interest in any of the following career areas, please inquire about the availability of the related CTE courses at the school under consideration. CTE courses are organized under 16 nationally recognized “career clusters” which include:

Cluster
Program

Available at:

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Agriculture, Food & Natural ResourcesGarden Sciencex
Horticulturex
Architecture & ConstructionConstruction Technologyx
Woodworkingx
Construction Apprenticeship Preparationx
Arts, AV Technology & CommunicationsPublishing (Yearbook)xxxx
Technical Writingxx
Interior Designx
Graphic Designxxxx
AP Studio Art 2Dx
Cambridge Graphic Designx
Calligraphyx
Commercial Photographyxxxx
Jewelry Makingx
Potteryxx
Radio Broadcastx
Television Productionxx
Video Productionxxx
Business, Management & AdministrationBusiness Math
Business Principlesxx
Spanish in the Workplacex
Visual Communicationsx
Education & TrainingAmerican Sign Language/Sign Language Interpretingxxx
Teacher Academyx
FinanceAccountingxxxxxx
AP Macro Economicsx
Personal Financexxx
Government & Public AdministrationAir Force JROTCxx
Health ScienceNutrition & Wellnessxxxxx
Healthxxxxxx
Emergency Response & Health Careersx
Hospitality & TourismProStart Culinary Artsxxx
Human ServicesHigh School to Lifex
Child Development/Parentingxxxxx
Human Developmentxxxxx
Family Psychologyxxx
Independent Living
Information TechnologyDigital Communication Toolsxxxxx
Web Designxx
Office Applications Specialistxxxx
A+ Computer Maintenancex
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityBusiness Lawxxxxx
Forensic Sciencex
ManufacturingComposite Manufacturing x
Metals/Weldingx
Marketing, Sales & ServiceFashion Marketingx
Intro to Marketingxxxx
Sports & Recreation Marketingxxxx
Marketing Managementxxxx
Marketing Operationsxxxx
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(STEM)
Applied Mathxxxx
Intro to Engineering Designx
Principles of Engineeringx
Aerospace Engineeringx
Design Technology/Draftingx
Transportation, Distribution & LogisticsAutomotive Fundamentalsxx
Auto Chassisxx
Auto Electricalxx
Advanced Auto Technologyxx
All ClustersCareer Choicesx
Cooperative Work Experiencexxxxx

Some CTE programs are available in just one or two schools. They include:

Construction Apprenticeship Program (CAPP)

The Construction Apprenticeship Preparation Program at TJHS prepares students for a variety of careers in the construction industry from technician to construction management. Partnering with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the Lathing & Acoustical Union, Home Depot, Washington Women in Trades, and local architectural and design firms, this program offers students the opportunity to combine acquisition of constructions skills with related academics. Students may earn free college credit in this program through the South King County Tech Prep Consortium, and may qualify for an apprenticeship position on completion of the program.

Automotive Technology Program (NATEF)

Decatur and Federal Way high schools both offer two-year automotive repair programs. A nationally recognized program, NATEF is associated with ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Reflecting the industry’s increasing sophistication, NATEF students learn a comprehensive set of skills, including a thorough knowledge of automotive systems, computer literacy, mechanical aptitude, communications skills, applied academics and entrepreneurship. Students gain college credit via an agreement with several area colleges, and those who earn the culminating certificate of achievement will have excellent employment and earning potential.

Horticulture Program

Offered at Decatur High School, horticulture classes can be taken as a laboratory science class, an occupational skills class or an elective. Students learn the basics of running a greenhouse floral business while learning integrated science skills. They participate in a co-curricular leadership organization and have the opportunity to earn free college credit through articulation with the Puget Sound Tech Prep Consortium.

Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program

Offered at Decatur High School, Project Lead the Way is a pre-engineering program that provides students interested in science and math the means to explore a lucrative potential career. At a time when technology is changing at light-speed, there is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field. A nonprofit organization, Project Lead the Way® (PLTW) provides pre-engineering curriculum for high school and middle school students at 3,000 schools across the nation. Students earn either a math credit or an occupational educational credit.

ProStart Culinary Arts Program

Offered at Federal Way and Thomas Jefferson high schools and the Career Academy at Truman, ProStart prepares 11th and 12th-grade students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry. Students gain valuable restaurant and food service skills through academic and workplace experiences. Topics range from preparing and serving safe food, foodservice equipment and nutrition to working with people, business math, and controlling costs. Students will participate in the operation of a foodservice business and will complete a job shadow in a local food business. Passing the ProStart Final Exam at the end of the 2-year program results in achievement of an industry-recognized certificate.

Sports Medicine

Decatur High School’s sports medicine program is modeled on a nationally-recognized program. It provides excellent preparation for students interested in the field of sports medicine and athletic training.

Teacher Academy at Federal Way High School

Offered at Federal Way High School beginning in 2011, the district’s Teacher Academy aims to encourage and support students who reflect a diverse population as they pursue careers in education. Students in 11th and 12th grades participate in a yearlong course that includes an internship at a local elementary school with a mentor teacher and development of a professional portfolio. Participants will learn about current issues in education, as well as how to plan lessons, deliver high-quality instruction and effectively manage a classroom. Students are encouraged to take the course for two years, with the second year largely based on gaining internship experience. An articulation agreement is in place for this course, which allows students to earn tech-prep college credit. Completion of the portfolio may help earn students admission into a university college of education.

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