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February 2024 CTE Showcase
CTE Teacher at Chief Sealth, Ms. Martin, has worn Chief Sealth colors every school day for the past 11 years! “What started out as a joke between colleagues has had Martin dressing in the school’s colors since 2013…”. Read more and see pictures of Ms. Martin’s extensive Columbia blue and red collection of attire in our communications newsletter!
SPS students in the pre-apprenticeship and manufacturing class tested their “metal” during a SkillsUSA event in Everett! CTE offers an L&I recognized Pre-Apprenticeship associated with the SCWA, and SPS project labor agreement. Students in the cohort can qualify for trades apprenticeships upon graduation. Reach out to email@example.com to learn more!
CTE Teacher Ms. Carter’s business and marketing students at Roosevelt heard from Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. They shared their education and career experiences and told students about the many services that Urban League provides to the community. As a highlight, they invited students– especially BIPOC students– to register for the summer business incubator program. Learn more about the incubator program here!
Seattle Skills Center students have largely been confined to the classroom during the winter months at Seattle Maritime Academy. This February, however, they took to the water, navigating the docks and seaways as a team. Students in the Maritime program earn their Boater Education cards at the end of the class and are primed to start a career on the seas! Learn more on Seattle Skills’ Center’s website.
Smoke, Sparks, Fire, and High School Credit – Only at Skills Center!
SPSTV featured Skills Center’s Advanced Manufacturing course, highlighting welding projects and sharing student experience of this very unique class within Seattle Public Schools. Students in Advanced Manufacturing have the opportunity to earn CTE credit or math or science credit through hands-on learning activities. They earn college credit at South Seattle College and gain industry-recognized credentials. Learn more about all of the Skills Center classes by visiting the Skills Center website.
Chief Sealth Students on Tour
Ms. Filley-Bentler’s Career Connections 2 class went on a massive field trip to Bellevue City Hall, Health Education Center, and Wood Technology Center to explore careers in government, policing), health careers, and skilled trades. Figuring out the career pathway that students are most interested in pursuing helps them plan their classwork in high school and plan for the future!
Medical Assisting Students Tour Seattle Central College
Students in Ms. Standley’s Medical Assisting class at Skills Center (Lincoln High School) visited Seattle Central College to learn more about the medical assisting program there. Students in Ms. Standley’s class can earn up to 30 college credits upon successful completion of the class. For the occasion, Ms. Standley sewed them all special lanyards to wear with their scrubs, pictured below.
A Dive into the CTE Archives
Skills Center Career Connected Learning Coordinator Ms. Luboff took a dive into the archives, uncovering images from CTE classes in the 1960s! Check out the photos below from automotive tech, television production, and manufacturing classes.
Over 60 Classes Participate in Hour of Code 2023
Industry volunteers from Google, Amazon, MineCraft, Code.Org, and Microsoft joined grades 4-12 all across the district to lead coding exercises and job talks for students! Hour of Code is a great way to get exposure to the ever-evolving field of computer science. Visit our Hour of Code webpage for more resources and learning tools!
Lincoln High School Students Engineer Ocean Sensors
Lincoln High School Oceanography students create waterproof ocean sensors, balancing physical constraints with space needed for sensors to detect and gather information about our waterways. Watch them talk through the engineering process and lessons learned here!
AAMA Leads Black College Expo at Rainier Beach HS on November 4
Seattle Public Schools African American Male Achievement Office is hosting a Black College Expo at Rainier Beach High School this year. Over 50 colleges will be represented with on-spot acceptances, application fee waivers, cash prizes, and a surprise celebrity guest! Mark your calendars and join the fun for this event! Students should register by 10/23 to confirm their attendance!
West Seattle High School CTSO Photographs Noche de los Muertos
Students in CTE Teacher Ms. Perletti’s class completed service learning hours by documenting and photographing Festival de Noche de Muertos. Students expanded their portfolios and gained experience in professional photography. The group is also working collaboratively with Latinx Student Union to finish up an installation for Dia de los Muertos at West Seattle High School, utilizing photographs from the field trip.
Parent Education Lab Gifted Tie Blankets by Middle College
The Parent Education Lab (PEL) at Alan T. Sugiyama HS, which provides care for infants and toddlers of enrolled teen moms, was gifted tie blankets created by the Middle College teacher, Vincent Marx, and his students.
The blankets will be used for infant tummy time, toddler name time, and will be gifted to the children who enjoyed them while at PEL. We love to see students helping and uplifting our community! Thank you to Ms. Visscher for sharing this story.
Garfield Students Talk Mental Health with Seahawks
Garfield High School Family Health students from Ms. Manuel’s class attended the Character Playbook Event with the Seahawks and Everfi. Students had conversations with players like Walter Jones, Tre Brown, and Jerrick Reed. They also talked to dancers Cameron and Taylor, as well as in-game Host, Carla Marie. We are proud of our students for their leadership and courage in these conversations!
Over 150 Middle School Students Explore Robotics with Amazon
Middle school students from all over the school district field tripped to Amazon’s Arizona Building, where they heard from speakers and participated in STEM and Robotics activities with Amazon volunteers for the day. CTE’s goal is to build a strong pipeline for our students to careers in high-demand, high-skills jobs.
HS Human Development Class Teaches STEM at Gatewood Elementary
CTE Teacher Ms. Stanton’s Chief Sealth Human Development class planned and led an exercise on static electricity at Gatewood Elementary School. Students got hands-on, using balloons for an experiment. Check out the sweet photos and illustrations from Gatewood students below! This is a great example of how CTE classes build connections and give students a sense of ownership over curriculum.
Nathan Hale CTSO Highlights Work from 22-23, Recruits for 23-24
Nathan Hale students’ Career and Technical Student Organization Technical Studies Association has put their award-winning food fight game from last academic year on proud display! October is CTE’s CTSO month. We encourage you to check out CTSOs at your school and get involved in student leadership this fall!
Chief Sealth Brings 50 Guest Speakers to Career Day
Ms. Temple and Ms. Filley-Bentler at Chief Sealth International High School organized a massive career speaker and fair day! Every 2nd period class in the school was visited by a career speaker ranging from cybersecurity experts to firefighters and dental hygienists. After listening to the speakers, students came to the library for a massive career fair, with over 40 visiting organizations.
Roosevelt High School Business Students Enjoy Guest Speakers
Roosevelt students have been enjoying business guest speakers as they settle back in to school! In Mr. McGinn’s business and Ms. Carter’s marketing and DECA students got to hear from Due Cucina co-founder Filippo Fiori. Filippo kindly offered $8 bowls of pasta to RHS students who show their school ID through October 15! Ms. Carter’s Business Management and Law students heard from doctoral candidate and business owner Nina Vizcarrondo of Advertly.com. She was recently featured in Seattle Met magazine as one of the “women who move Seattle”.
Skills Center Media Arts Students Get Ready for Spooky Season
Seattle Skills Center students focused on colors and shapes to connote fear before bringing their skills to Adobe Suite. Check out their work with CTE Teacher Reed Forrester below!
Career Quest Interns at SPSTV Show their work!
Interns at SPSTV this summer got practice using complex cameras and audio recording equipment with mentorship from SPSTV Manager, Edgar Riebe. Check out their work below! Learn more about Career Quest and browse worksite learning and school year internship opportunities.
Meany Middle School Students Design Apps for Good
Teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Meany Middle School teamed up to design and present community-based applications to a panel of Amazon Web Services judges. Students designed apps including: multilingual apps to help families better utilize Seattle Parks, a sports training app, and a fitness app!
SPS Students and Alumni at Jet Blast Bash
SPS students and alumni working at c89.5 broadcasted live from Jet Blast Bash at Museum of Flight this weekend! They helped work the booth, interacted with audience members, and more!
Seattle Skills Center Wraps Up Summer Classes
Over 350 students spent their summers earning CTE credit at various Seattle Skills Center classes! Students cooked delicacies and built tiny homes at Chief Sealth, explored Puget Sound and the Salish Sea for Maritime Vessel Operations, welded infinity cubes for Manufacturing, explored trades with Career Choices, developed video games at Seattle World School, perfected beats at Roosevelt, and explored medical careers at Lincoln. Congratulations to all of our students and huge thank you to all Skills Center teachers for their hard work and dedication.
Ballard High School Oceanography Students Visit Maui – Happy Summer Vacation!
Sending everyone off to summer vacation with a throw-back! Thirty-four Ballard High Oceanography Students went on a 13-day Maui, Hawaii adventure in February 2023. In Maui they did service learning projects, kept a journal and interacted with Ocean professionals. For many of them, this was one of the most fulfilling experiences of their academic career. They all gained vast field experience not available in the classroom.
Wishing everyone a safe, restful, and sun-filled summer!
Chief Sealth Students Visit Bellevue Police Headquarters
Led by Career Connected learning Coordinators Mr. Camacho and Ms. Filley-Bentler, Chief Sealth Students participated in a job shadow organized by WABS (Washington Alliance for Better Schools). Students did a forensic workshop, learned about equipment and much more.
Garfield Students Bring Home Microsoft Prizes
With CTE Teacher Mr. Bergquist, two of the Garfield AP Computer Science teams won prizes during a field trip competition to Microsoft. After a long hiatus in field trips, this was many of the students very first high school field trip. Team Logan won the Best Implementation Prize for a detective game design seeking out a killer. Team Spirited Away was voted a Crowd Favorite with a game that involved navigating a bath house in the team’s eponymous movie. Congrats to all!
Ballard Students Recognized at Northwest High School Film Festival
Ballard HS students cleaned up at the 20th Annual Northwest High School Film Festival. Led by CTE Teacher Mr. Bradford, students took their first field trip in 4 years to the festival where they got to watch winning entries from 24 schools around the Puget Sound region. Student awards include:
- Award of Excellence (1)
- Honorable Mentions (6)
Four students were nominated for the NW Regional Emmy Awards. Congratulations to Mr. Bradford and his students! Learn more about the festival.
Video Game Animation Students Earn Unity Certificate at Ballard, Lincoln, and Skills Center
Mr. Bubb, Mr. Legus, and Mr. Fisher from Lincoln, Ballard, and Skills Center, respectively, had huge success with students passing the Unity Test. These students earned an industry-recognized certificate (IRC) that is critical to continuing their video game design careers. Huge congratulations to these 65 students and to their teachers on this awesome accomplishment. Below are images of Ballard students with their certificates, hard at work, and stills from the games they’ve designed.
Franklin Students Stop the Bleed and Learn Lung Care
CTE Teacher at Franklin, Ms. Flake invited Dr. Hatch from Madigan to instruct students in stopping serious bleeds using tourniquets.
Students also got to view a lung demonstration with Drs. Sata and Thomas of Kaiser Washington. Hands on learning that helps students clarify their career paths and prepare for post-secondary training in Medical fields is so important. Thank you to Ms. Flake for organizing these events!
Skills Center Automotive Students at West Seattle High School Get to Work!
Students at Seattle Skills Center at West Seattle High School got to work upgrading cam shafts and doing an oil change on CTE Teacher, Ms. Thomas’ car. The group is gearing up for the second annual Car Show in West Seattle, happening June 17 from 12PM-3PM at 3000 California Ave SW. Roll up for food and to celebrate the achievements of Ms. Thomas and her students!
Media Arts Skills Center Students Pay a Visit to SPSTV
Seattle Skills Center Media Arts students brought their skills to industry in a visit to Seattle Public Schools TV studio. Thanks to CTE Teacher Reed Forrester for creating this opportunity for students and thanks to Edgar Riebe for hosting!
Ingraham HS Students Partner with Toys that Make Smiles
Ingraham FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) has partnered with Toys that Make Smiles to provide students with a meaningful and important volunteer experience. Toys that Make Smiles provides supplies and equipment for students in this CTSO to build toys that will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. During this session, students made a squadron of airplanes to bring joy to children under difficult circumstances. Thank you to CTE Teacher Jessica Vander Pol for organizing this uplifting community service event!
Advanced Photography Class from Roosevelt visits Seattle Art Museum
CTE Teacher Laura Anders brought her wonderful advanced photo students on a field to the Seattle Art Museum. After checking out the art work, they got a street photography lesson from a local photographer working in industry. Students made thoughtful observations on the artwork and did an incredible job of applying their new learning in the field!
Rainier Beach High School Career Fair – Fun in the Sun
Career Connected Learning Coordinator Mr. Bolan organized a massive outdoor career fair for Rainier Beach HS students. Seattle Public Utilities, AJAC, Sound Transit, and more showed up to share opportunities with the Rainier Beach Community. Thank you to Mr. Bolan for organizing this incredible opportunity!
All (Masked) Smiles at Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital
CTE Teacher Ms. Pinera from Skills Center at Franklin High School has spent the last quarter setting up and supervising student clinical experiences at Swedish Cherry Hill. Students shadow nurses, assist nursing assistants, and earn clinical hours required to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam. Below is a photo she shared of her Nursing Assisting Students on their first day of clinical.
All Aboard! Ballard Students Spend the Day on Virginia V
CTE Teacher Mr. Foster organized a maritime field trip aboard the steamship Virginia V. Students enjoyed a beautiful day on Lake Washington, applying many of the skills they learned in their maritime class on the water. Students rotated through watch stations in the wheelhouse, engine room, and firefighting. They also got to do a bit of MOB/Line handling, navigation, and charting.
Medical Assisting Students from Skills Center Volunteer at Swedish Clinical Locations
Medical Assisting Skills Center students are taking their knowledge and skills to the community, working as volunteers at various Swedish medical sites. Students are spending 8 weeks at their clinical sites, where they assist with office operations, take blood pressure, shadow medical assistants and medical office assistants and much more. Thank you to Swedish for hosting our students!
Culinary Students at Roosevelt Serve Delicious Burgers
Led by CTE Teacher/Chef Kim Smith, Students made their own brioche buns and experimented with brisket burgers and ground beef patties. They learned how to ground and season meat and finished it up with sea Salt, julienne cuts of onions. They twice-fried their french fries and created a delicious meal that rivals meals of surrounding restaurants. Delicious!
Chief Sealth Students Visit Trades Fair
Students from Chief Sealth visited the 42nd Annual Trades Fair held hosted by Washington Women In Trades. Students learned about trades and apprenticeships and enjoyed hands-on learning experiences. Trades are experiencing a huge shortfall in labor, and the class of 2025 and beyond will have ample opportunities to earn family-wage jobs in these fields. Thanks to Career Connected Learning Coordinator Ms. Filley-Bentler and all of the teachers and chaperones that made this trip happen.
Garfield HS visits Portland State University to Learn about LSAMP Opportunities
A group of Garfield students trekked south down I-5 to visit Portland State University and learn about LSAMP, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which supports success of students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in STEM . LSAMP’s goal is to help underrepresented students complete paid internships and bachelor’s degrees in STEM, while providing exposure to mentorship and high-wage employment opportunities post-graduation. Many thanks to Career Connected Learning Coordinator and CTE Teacher, Ms. Bigham, for organizing!
Roosevelt CTE Students Visit UW Law School for Mock Trial
James Moser and Michelle Carter took a group of students from Mr. Moser’s Business Law class to do a mock trial. Mr. Moser coordinated closely with UW Law students and processors to get students trained on trial practices and procedures. Hands on, site-based learning experiences like these help students imagine themselves in law school in a very meaningful way. Thank you to Mr. Moser, Ms. Carter, and UW School of Law for this exciting opportunity!
Skills Center and Construction Students at Ingraham High School Build Tiny Homes for Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
CTE Teacher Mike Wetzel’s Construction and Skills Center students (around 30 students total working on each hours) collaborated to construct two tiny homes that will be donated to LIHI to help house people in need. The houses are being shipped to a storage lot and will be moved to a tiny home village somewhere in the city.
He expects to have another tiny home ready to donate in a couple of weeks and two more by the end of the school year. While always striving to do good work, Mike’s class is putting a little extra effort into the last house. This is Mike’s last year teaching these classes and wants to finish on a high note. Huge thank you to Mike for all of his work with Skills Center students!
Garfield Students Get Ready for Summer
Career Connected Learning Coordinator and CTE Teacher Tiffany Bigham organized a Summer Opportunity Fair for students at Garfield High School. Hundreds gathered to browse internships, job and volunteer opportunities during lunch period. Looking for an internship for yourself or your student? Check out our internship directory!
Seven students from Chief Sealth, Cleveland, Franklin, Garfield, and Ballard High Schools Win $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship
Students were called to Amazon Skills Center under guise of a Computer Science panel and were surprised with the announcement that they had won the AFE Scholarship. Through AFE, they will get $10,000 per year towards tuition and an internship at Amazon after their first year of college. We are so proud of our students for this prestigious achievement! Congratulations to Sahra Mohamad, Chelsea Li, Vicente Anyaegbu, Belinda Zhong, Nat Wetzel, Daniel Alemayehu, and Arni Hoang!
Skills Center Construction Students at Wood Tech Center Get to Work on Tiny Home
Students in CTE Teacher Jen Raine’s class were hard at work framing and planning for wiring and piping in a tiny home that will be donated to a homeless community. Learn more about Skills Center and sign up for a fall or summer class at the Skills Center website!
Roosevelt High School Students Enjoy Riveting Guest Speaker Presentation
Roosevelt High School CTE Teacher Michelle Carter arranged for Marketing students to hear from Jenn Day, the Senior Vice President at Vimeo. Students learned a lot from the presentation, leaving with a lot of food for thought about their career paths.
Franklin High School Students Learn About Health Care Careers!
Franklin HS students went on a field trip organized by CTE Teacher Morgan Flake to the Sound Careers in Health Care Event (HILT). Students learned about health care related careers that they might not have heard of before, got to engage with and ask questions of a diverse group of health care professionals, and expanded their healthcare knowledge.
WTSA 2023 A Success for SPS Students!
Two Seattle Public School students earned second Place in the Game Board Design competition at this year’s Technology Student Association State Conference, held this past weekend. One of the student’s design for the Washington State TSA pin won and has been manufactured. Pictured below are the winning pin and the runner-up board game.
Students from Ingraham and Nathan Hale are Headed to FCCLA National Competition
Huge congratulations to Nathan Hale and Ingraham High School students for making it to the National Competition for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions. Students qualified for the culinary event (pictured below) and a sustainability challenge. Congratulations to the students and CTE Teachers Annemarie Pulmpe and Jessica Vander Pol!
Ballard and Nathan Hale Students Lead Seed Planting and Pollination Event at Farmers Market
CTE Teacher India Carlson has been working with the Seattle Farmers Market Association to connect farmers and educate the public about how food is grown. Students from her class joined her at the Ballard Farmers Market to lead a seed planting event and educate the public about pollination processes. They created a zine outlining the pollination process to share with farmers market attendees, a snapshot of which can be found below.
Pre-Apprenticeship Students Flag and Use Forklift at Grocery Giveaway
Interagency High School hosted a Grocery Giveaway event. A student signed up to use our class room forklift and the certification that he earned last year the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship to unload the semi-truck, which delivered 29 pallets of food to our school parking lot. The student earned Service Learning Hours required for graduation, while getting great practice on the equipment. He was assisted by a Flagger/ ground Guide fellow Pre-Apprenticeship student.
Skills Center Maritime Vessel Operations Students Practice Power Cleaning
CTE Teacher Scott Melander shared some fun photographs of his students learning how to keep a ship ship-shape using power hoses. His class, Maritime Vessel Operations, is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
West Seattle Culinary Students Wow Families with Baked Goods at Event
Raya Klein, CTE teacher from West Seattle High School led an extended learning event for students in her culinary program. Her culinary students prepared and served a buffet meal at the big band event!
Franklin and Cleveland Students Compete at the Glacier Peak FIRST Robotics
Team XBOT from Franklin and Cleveland high schools competed at the Glacier Peak FIRST Robotics event. Team XBOT finished 3rd out of 34 teams, earning semifinalist status. Next up: the Sammamish HS/Bellevue WA event in late March. Thanks to CTE Teacher Donna Lew for sharing.
Ballard Students bring Valentine’s Day Cheer to Retirement Community
In February the Ballard FCCLA students created Valentine cards to give to residents at Loyal Heights Manor, a local retirement facility. Students decided what would go on the cards, cut out heart shapes, glued the hearts and bows on construction paper, and signed the cards. The FCCLA students wanted to brighten the residents Valentine’s Day with the hand made cards.
11th Graders from All Over the District Visit T-Mobile to Learn About the Explorer Prep Program
CTE Teacher Katherine Meyer set up a booth for SPS students interested in pursuing the T-Mobile Explorer Prep Program at T-Mobile world headquarters in Bellevue last week. Students in Explorer Prep participate in a full-time paid internship during the summer after their 11th grade year and the summer after their 12th grade years. They take Running Start classes during their 12th grade year and spend one year after high school completing a certificate in Cybersecurity, User Experience, or Software Development before interviewing for a full-time tech job at T-Mobile. Learn more about this unique program.
Franklin High School Seniors Browse their College and Career Options
During this CTE Month Franklin High School hosted a career and college fair to help students begin to imagine life after high school! College prep and career prep are inextricably linked!
Interagency Students in Pre-Apprenticeship Programs Show their Skills
Students in the Interagency Pre-Apprenticeship and Building Trades Program, weld frame, operate gantry cranes, and more. A Class of 2022 graduate completed an SPS Project Internship building out the Lincoln High School Gym.
Looking to get connected to a career in the building trades? Learn more on the Interagency website!
Roosevelt Business and Marketing Students Celebrate CTE and Black History Month
Students in Michele Carter’s Business and Marketing classes created posters sharing information about successful Black business persons to decorate their classroom. CTE celebrates Black History Month by honoring the past and looking towards the future– Black Excellence in industry, tech, medicine, design, and all possible career paths.
Skills Center Nursing Assisting Program Field trip to Swedish Cherry Hill
Future Nurses and Nursing Assistants visited Swedish Cherry Hill with their Skills Center class, led by CTE Teacher Virginia Pinera. Student toured the hospital and learned about the wide variety of careers available at Swedish and in Health Care systems all over the country.
Rainier Beach and Franklin High School Field Trip to Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center
The HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) clubs from Rainier Beach and Franklin High School visited Harborview’s Injury Prevention Research Center where they learned more about injury and violence prevention careers.
Students participated in a mock crisis scenario, and were taught the steps taken at a hospital and trauma center to rehabilitate a gunshot wound patient. Read more about their informational and inspiring visit on the HIPRC Blog. Thanks to CTE Teacher Morgan Flake for sharing!
Seattle Skills Center Maritime Vessel Operations Rowing
Seattle Skills Center’s Maritime Vessel Operations class spent a clear February day out on the water at Seattle Maritime Academy. Students in the Skills Center Maritime Program learn navigation, tides, currents, boat handling, knots, safety, communications, radar, meteorology, tool use, and marine engine maintenance and repair. The faces may be blurred, but smiles abound!
Chief Sealth High School Field trip to Amazon Skills Center
Career Connected Learning Coordinator Linda Filley-Bentler led her class on a half day trip to Amazon Skills Center. On the trip, students attended workshops, learned about engineers’ career journeys and participated in coding activities.
Alan T. Sugiyama STEM and Parenting Resource Library
Valentina Visscher, Parent Education Lab Coordinator at Alan T. Sugiyama received a grant last year from Washington State School Retirees to purchase books for infants and toddlers on Diversity and STEM. For CTE Month, she shared images of the Diversity and STEM collection that she put on display in the Parent Education Lab. The Parent Education Lab is part of the CTE GRADS Program, an in-school childcare for teen parents.
Roosevelt High School Business Management Students in Mock Interviews
CTE Teacher Michelle Carter from Roosevelt High School had students in her Business Management B class lead mock interviews for students in Business Management A as part of their final exam. Peer-to-peer learning opportunities and networking skills are vital for students planning for life after high school, college, and beyond.