2170 Policy – Career and Technical Education

Bellingham Public Schools will provide a program of Career and Technical Education (CTE) to assist students in making informed and meaningful educational and career choices, and to prepare students for post-secondary options. The district’s CTE is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that includes exploration of career options. Additionally, the district’s CTE program supports core academic and employability skills, enables achievement of high academic standards, incorporates leadership training, work-integrated learning opportunities, provides options for high skill development and high-wage employment preparation and includes advanced and continuing education courses. The program and its courses will be included as part of the regular curriculum of the district.

The district will establish local CTE Advisory Committees to assist in the design and delivery of the district’s CTE program. Committees will advise the district on current labor market needs and the programs necessary to meet those needs. The district’s CTE program will be related to employment demands, current and future, and to the needs and interests of students.

The superintendent or designee will annually review and approve the district plan for the design and delivery of its CTE program. The plan will ensure academic rigor, align with education reform, establish program performance targets, address the skill gaps of Washington’s economy and provide opportunities for dual credit.

The superintendent will develop procedures which will ensure that all programs and courses are operated in conformity with the district’s plan for CTE and with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, disability, gender, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status. Additionally, the superintendent will seek and utilize all available state and federal sources of revenue for the financial support of CTE in the district.


Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 06/11/80
Adopted/Revised: 6/11/80; 03/19/14
Updated: 9/20/22
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.150.500, Educational agencies offering vocational educational programs —  Local advisory committees —  Advice on current job needs

RCW 28A.230.130, Program to help students meet minimum entrance requirements at baccalaureate-granting institutions or to pursue career or other opportunities — Exceptions

Chapter 28A.700 RCW, Secondary career and technical education

20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq., Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006


Management Resources: Content

Policy News, May 2018, Policy Updates

Policy News, June 2011, Additional Policy Updates

Policy News, February 2009, Career and Technical Education Programs