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Career and Technical Education

Programs and Career Pathways

SPS CTE Program Areas

Each of the seven (7) SPS CTE Program Areas contain one or more CTE Career Pathways which are aligned with the 16 National Career Clusters. Clusters represent a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities.

CTE Career Pathways are series of connected courses and resources that provide students to experience their education in a more meaningful, career-focused way. This sequence of courses includes exploration and career preparation, and are connected to post secondary programs of study, including earning dual college credit and industry-related credentials. They also provide career connected learning engagement activities such as internships.  

STEM, technology, leadership development, and career-connected learning opportunities are intended to prepare students for career and college.

Media Arts, Design and Graphics Pathways

Media Arts, Design and Graphics encompasses learning and applying communication through film, photography, video, audio, computer/digital arts, and interactive media, and technical theatre. Creatively, students employ the elements of space, time, light, motion, color, and sound to express their perspectives, feelings, and ideas.

The following CTE Career Pathways are available at the following high schools: 

Media Arts: Seattle Skills Center

Media Arts Video: Ballard HS, Franklin HS, Garfield HS, Nathan Hale HS

Media Arts Photography: Chief Sealth HS, Roosevelt HS, West Seattle HS

Media Arts Graphic Design:Seattle Center School, Lincoln HS

Media Arts Recording Arts and Radio: Nathan Hale HS, Alan T. Sugiyama HS

Business and Marketing Pathways

Business and Marketing prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities through instruction in the classroom, experiential experiences in a student store, through student internships, and leadership and personal development through participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization, such as DECA or FBLA. Business and Marketing places learning emphasis on finance, administrative and technical support, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, management and marketing, and the business in a global economy.

The following CTE Career Pathways are available:

Business and Finance: Roosevelt HS, Ballard HS, Franklin HS, Garfield HS, Chief Sealth HS, Rainier Beach HS

Marketing: Roosevelt HS, Ballard HS, Chief Sealth HS, Garfield HS, Cleveland HS

Publishing: Ballard HS, Garfield HS, Ingraham HS, Cleveland HS, Nathan Hale HS, Lincoln HS

Culinary and Hospitality Pathways

Culinary and Hospitality focuses on the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food/beverage services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services. Students acquire knowledge and skills focusing on communication, time management, and customer service that meet industry standards. It includes instruction in kitchen organizations, sanitation and quality control, basic food preparation and cooking skills, kitchen and kitchen equipment maintenance and quantity food measurement and monitoring. This pathway prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the Culinary and Hospitality industry through instruction in the classroom, experiential experiences through hands on labs including professional and leadership skills by participating in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

Courses in the following pathways are offered in these high schools. Contact your high school for registration information.

Restaurant Management: Roosevelt HS, West Seattle HS, Chief Sealth Int’l HS, Ingraham HS

Culinary Arts Careers: Roosevelt HS, West Seattle HS, Chief Sealth Int’l HS, Ingraham HS

Hospitality and Tourism: Chief Sealth Int’l HS

Farm to Table – Sustainable Culinary: Nathan Hale HS, Ballard HS

Seattle Skills Culinary Arts Chef Training: Seattle Skills Center @ Rainier Beach HS

Education and Human Services Pathways

Education and Human Services prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in careers related to Early Childhood Development and Services, Education Industry, Family and Community Services, Personal Care Services and careers that relate to families and human needs. Whether you want to be a social worker, a childcare provider, a counselor or educator, you will be addressing human needs. Students in human services learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities. Students gain experiential experiences including professional and leadership skills by participating in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

Courses in the following pathways are offered in these high schools. Contact your high school for registration information.

Early Childhood: Chief Sealth Int’l HS

Health and Wellness: Garfield HS, Ingraham HS, Nathan Hale HS, Franklin HS, West Seattle HS, Chief Sealth Int’l HS

American Sign Language: Roosevelt HS

Human Services: Nathan Hale HS, Roosevelt HS, Chief Sealth Int’l HS, Ingraham HS

Seattle Skills Center Careers in Education/Teaching Academy: Seattle Skills Center @ Franklin HS

Health and Medical PathwaysHealth and Medical Education prepares students for employment and/or post secondary education opportunities in the healthcare industry through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, clinical settings, and professional and leadership skills development by participating in HOSA, Washington Health Occupation Student Association. 

Courses in the following pathways are offered in these high schools, contact your high school for registration information.

Allied Health and Medical: Franklin HS, Rainier Beach HS, Garfield HS, Lincoln HS, Chief Sealth International HS, Nathan Hale HS

Bio Medical Sciences: Cleveland High School

Nursing: Seattle Skills Center @ West Seattle HS

Administrative Office Medical Assistant (AMOA): Seattle Skills Center @ Lincoln HS

Health Science/Medical Assisting: Seattle Skills Center @ Lincoln HS


Skilled Trades Pathways

Skilled Trades education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in construction, manufacturing, automotive service, and aerospace careers emphasizing hands-on instruction, computer and problem-solving skills, and creative thinking. 

Aerospace Manufacturing: Seattle Skills Center @ Rainier Beach HS

Automotive Services: Seattle Skills Center @West Seattle HS, Seattle Skills Center @ Washington MS

Construction Trades: Franklin HS, Chief Sealth HS, Interagency HS, Seattle Skills Center @ Ingraham HS, Seattle Skills Center @ Rainier Beach HS

Maritime Vessel Operations: Seattle Skills Center @ Seattle Maritime Academy

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work. The following CTE Career Pathways are available:

STEM-Engineering:

  • Engineering and Robotics
  • Mechatronics

STEM-Agriculture Sciences:

  • Horticulture and Natural Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Farm to Table: Sustainable Culinary

STEM-Technology:

  • Animation
  • Computer Science
  • Immersive Media
  • Information Technology