Career and Technical Education ( CTE) is at the front of innovation in education in Washington. There is nothing more exciting than seeing students engaged in studies that push them to excel and spark their imaginations. It is our state’s responsibility to prepare all students for success in career, college and life. CTE programs in Washington are aligned with rigorous industry and academic standards. Teachers participate in meaningful professional development on curricula and instruction, standards and assessment, and academic integration. Program partnerships and advisories communicate this vision with business and industry partners. Such programs meet the demands of the new economy.
CTE in Bellingham Public Schools supports and guides all students as they explore and prepare for careers and post-secondary certificate options. CTE emphasizes real world, real life skills to connect students to academics and training that will help them be successful in their chosen career.
Leadership skill development for all students is also an integral part of CTE programs. Students participate in leadership activities through Career and Technical student organizations such as VEX Robotics, TSA, FCCLA, FBLA, DECA, or locally developed technical clubs. Work-based learning activities are also available to extend the classroom into the workplace, connecting acquired knowledge and skills to a student‘s future employment.
Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to enroll in specialized CTE programs through a partnership with the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. In addition, many CTE courses provide an opportunity for students to earn both high school and college credit through the dual credit program. For additional information about dual credit, or Northwest Career and Technical Academy classes, contact the Career Center or counseling office.
Agriculture Sciences focus on the essential elements of life food, water, land, and air. This career cluster includes a diverse spectrum of occupations, ranging from farmer, rancher, and veterinarian to geologist, land conservationist, and florist. It also includes non traditional agricultural occupations like wind energy, solar energy, and oil and gas production.
Business & Marketing focuses on building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services.
Family & Consumer Sciences focus 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. Students will explore the history of the hospitality and tourism industry and examine characteristics needed for success.
Health Sciences focus on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work well with others.
Skilled & Technical Sciences are about using your skills in design, planning and management to work in careers building and maintaining structures such as buildings, homes, bridges, or machinery. Work opportunities include developing new structures, restorations, additions, alterations, and repairs.
STEM studies and applies principles from advanced mathematics, life sciences, earth The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. and space science, and technology. In addition, future engineers and technologists learn certain processes in mathematics, science and technology.
Students can meet Graduation Pathway requirements by completing a CTE course sequence and selecting the CTE Pathway in their High School and Beyond Plan. To meet graduation requirements, the CTE course sequence must be 1) approved by OSPI; 2) earn at least 2.0 high school credits in one program area; and 3) include a course that is either a dual credit course (*T) or would lead to an industry-recognized credential (IRC).
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