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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education Pathways

A Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway is a sequence to two or more CTE courses within a student's area of career interest.  The sequencing usually consists of a Level 1 course (introductory), a Level 2 course (concentrator), and a Level 3 course (capstone). Knowledge and skills are practiced, honed, and deepened throughout the course of a pathway. Exposure to industry and worked-based learning opportunities increase as students progress.  Pathways provide students opportunities to explore and prepare for careers while in high school.  Students leave a pathway with industry certifications, alignment or  connections to colleges, and sometimes even with college credit.


All CTE courses in our pathways support the Common Core and CTE Model Curriculum Standards. Learning rigorous academic skills, especially in English Language Arts and Mathematics, are an integral part of each CTE course outline and competencies.  These skills help our students put English Language Arts and Mathematics to work in a real-world, hands-on environment they can relate to.  The CTE Standards were created with assistance from more than 300 representatives from business, industry, postsecondary, and secondary education and reviewed by nearly 1000 members of the general public. These standards are rigorous, evidence-based, relevant, and reasonable in scope: CTE Model Curriculum Standards


In addition to pathway standards, there are 11 Anchor Standards that are common across all CTE industry sectors.  They are built on Career Ready Practices, and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.


SSFHS Career Technical Education classes include:


Arts, Media & Entertainment - Video Art, Web Design & Photography

Arts, Media & Entertainment - Performing Arts - Ballet Folklorico

Building & Construction Trades - Woods, Electronics

Health Science & Medical Technology - Sponsored by Genentech

Information & Communications Technologies - Computer Applications, Coding

Transportation - Auto Diagnostics and Service



Congratulations to our AP Computer Science Students, and Ms. Sun!

Four of our AP Computer Science students:

Marie Perez, Raeka Lin, Alfredo Perry, and Adele Wu and Paolo Sigua took First Place at the Anova Hackathon in Berkeley this weekend. 

They won Amazon Fire computer tablets and a Polaroid Camera.

Their project (done overnight) was a website on water conservation.

Here's the Site they built!