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    Career and Technical Education Month
    Posted on 02/20/2018
    Boat floatation ring with Seattle Maritime Academy printed

    Celebrating Career and Technical Education Education at Seattle Public Schools

    February is Career and Technical Education month, an opportunity to highlight the achievements of programs in our district and across the country that help students prepare for the college, career and life.

    What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)? CTE is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that help students explore career options while building job, academic and leadership skills. A CTE sequence of courses can provide the skills students need to apply for internships, apprenticeships or industry certification. It also can help students decide if they would like to further pursue a specific career option in college.

    Through CTE programs, students examine specialized career paths that can help them land jobs in rewarding fields. There are many career pathway choices available through our CTE programs that prepare students for careers and the career connected learning experiences. We offer exploratory and prepatory courses in the following pathways through CTE:

    • Business and Marketing
    • Culinary and Hospitality Engineering
    • Manufacturing and Construction
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Media Arts
    • Agriculture

    At the Feb. 13 meeting, the School Board recognized all the great work happening with the district CTE programs. Jane Hendrickson, CTE program manager, Dan Golosman, Skills Center principal introduced Max Graber and Malcolm Dunston who described their experiences with valuable career-connected learning at Seattle Public Schools.

    School Board and Superintendent pose for a photo with CTE staff and students

    Max Graber is a student in the Family and Consumer Sciences CTE pathway at Ingraham High School and a Washington state state officer with FCCLA, a career and technical student leadership organization.

    Malcolm Dunston is a Seattle Public Schools alumni who completed the Skills Center's maritime course and is now working in the maritime operations field.

    Seattle Public Schools offers many comprehensive CTE pathways for students, including Seattle Skills Center, Career Academies, career and technical student organizations, opportunities at individual schools and more. 

    Seattle Skills Center

    The Seattle Skills Center offers free career-focused courses open to all Seattle Public Schools students age 16-20. Skills Center courses, many of which students can earn high school course credit, are available during the school-year and during the summer.

    Skills Center offers approximately 15 unique programs from aerospace science and construction trades to culinary arts and video game programming.

    For school-year courses, students attend their comprehensive high school and then attend 2.5 hour Skills Center sessions during the school day. Summer Skills Center courses offer introductory courses available to all incoming 9th grade through 12th grade students.

    Summer and 2018-19 school year course registration is now open. Read more about available courses and apply on the Skills Center website.

    CTE Career Academies

    A Career Academy is part of a small learning community where students choose to focus on a specific career theme within the context of their education plans.

    Seattle academies examples include Family and Consumer Sciences pathway at Ingraham High School, Maritime and Biotechnology Academies at Ballard High School, Public Service Academy and the CREATE Academy at Franklin High School and School of Life Sciences and School of Engineering and Design at Cleveland High School.

    Read more about Career Academies.

    Seattle Public Schools helps prepare all students for success in career, college and life. Seattle CTE programs such as Career Academies and Skills Center help students gain marketable job skills as well as college and career readiness skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path.