Welcome to the CTE Department

  • Career Technical Education classes give students a chance to explore specific career pathways while discovering the real-world application of the knowledge and skills learned in core subjects. In CTE classes, students use math to design buildings, create digital games, and prepare meals; they use reading and writing skills to critique restaurants, evaluate architectural styles, and develop storylines for student-produced videos.

    While some of our CTE programs prepare students for entry level employment, most students complete CTE courses with an understanding of the next steps they need to take on their career paths, whether it is continuing on to college for a degree or job-related certificate or applying to local apprenticeship programs where they can master a craft as they earn a living.

    With a varied set of program offerings, CTE classes prepare students to be successful in life after high school. Second year pathway students will be required to attend an off-site all-day district sponsored Industry Professional Day where they have opportunities to network, listen to industry talks, present their portfolios to industry professionals and participate in mock interviews.

    Students who successfully complete all two-year pathway requirements are awarded Career Technical Education cords to wear with their gowns during their graduation ceremony.

SMUHSD Career Guide (en español abajo)

SMUHSD Guía de Carrera