Career & Technical Education is a clear path to your future... learn about CTE pathways that could help you land job opportunities at tribal enterprises.

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Career & Technical Education

  • Career & Technical Education, also known as CTE, is a series of courses that lead to careers within Puyallup tribal enterprises in the community by providing students with the technical and occupational knowledge needed to be successful. The courses are often project-based with outcomes aligned to skills needed for the workplace. The context of our courses are directly connected to pathways found within the Puyallup tribal community, and connections are made with tribal leaders so our students see the content directly connected to experiences outside the classroom. Graduates of CTE programs are prepared for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.

    Career & Technical Education programs provide many benefits, here are just a few:

    • Connect classroom instruction with applied knowledge and skills to solve real world problems
    • Build important skills in creativity, collaboration, and communication
    • Develop partnerships within our tribal community for students to have a clear pathway to tribal industries post high school
    • Prepare students to be career ready
    • Teach students life skills that help them become productive citizens, ultimately ensuring the longterm health and economic competitiveness of our nation


    In 2019, the Washington State Legislature provided students with multiple pathways to graduation by passing House Bill (HB) 1599. Rather than graduation being determined by only a state test, students can show their readiness for graduation in a variety of ways. Students develop a High School and Beyond Plan that outlines their initial plans for success when they graduate high school. The courses they take follow to a graduation pathway that leads to this success beyond high school. It also signals to employers and postsecondary education/training institutions a student’s readiness for that next step.


    With the passage of HB 1599, students must have a High School and Beyond Plan, earn 24 high school credits, and complete one of several different CTE pathway requirements in order to graduate. At Chief Leschi we offer courses for students to take that lead to the CTE pathway requirement through:


CTE Advisory Boards

Hospitality: Culinary Arts Pathway

Name Position
Joshua Turnipseed Head Chef, BJ’s
Trent Jorgensen Owner of the Frying Dutchman
Andrea Goodale CLD Food Service

Science & Engineering: Natural Resources Pathway

Name Position
Julian Close Fisheries Biologist, Puyallup Fisheries
Nick Earl Parent of current student, fisherman
Christopher Towe Environmental Education Program Manager, Pierce Conservation District
Nancy Shippentower-Games Director, Puyallup Tribal Shellfish Department
Daniel Schwartz Chemical Engineering Professor, UW
Jennifer Keating Puyallup Tribal Planning Department, Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Sylvia Miller Puyallup Tribal Council
Annette Bryan Puyallup Tribal Council
Raeshawna Ware City of Tacoma
David Winfrey Shellfish Biologist
Blake Smith Enhancement Director, Puyallup Fisheries
Malik Johnson Point Def Zoo fish health
John Bielka Retired Fish Farmer
Kalicia Bean Planning Dept
Phyllis Mcelroy Community for a Healthy Bay
Angela Dillon SEPA Reviewer, Fisheries Dept

Education Careers Pathway

Names Position
Amanda Figueroa Senior Director, Student Transitions & Success, UW Tacoma
Shandy Abrahamson Career Connected Learning Tribal Engagement Specialist, OSPI Office of Native Education
Deonnah McCloud Grandview Early Learning Center - Director
Kathryn Yates Elementary Principal - CLS

Audio & Visual Technology Pathway

Names Position
Michael Thompson Communications Director, Puyallup Tribe
David Bonds Director, Information Technology, Emerald Queen Casino
Chris Hatchett Producer, 222 Pictures
Sean Burke Creative Producer, 222 Pictures
Tiffany Burke Executive Producer, 222 Pictures

Health Sciences: Medical Careers Pathway

Name Position
Corinne Bernardy Nurse, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
Dr. Karen Wolf Head Veterinarian, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Dr. Kelsey Motanic Doctor, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
Dr. Mitchell Ornelas Doctor, PTHA
Dr. Laramie Lunday Doctor, PTHA


  • Nancy Nelson

    Nancy Nelson

    Director of Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Annual Nondiscrimination Notification (Methods of Administration)

  • The Chief Leschi School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its program or activities and provides equal access to clubs and activities. The Chief Leschi School District offers classes in many career and technical education (CTE) program areas:

    • AV Production
    • Culinary
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Natural Resources

    All students are able to choose to pursue any of these pathways under Chief Leschi Schools’ open admission policy. For more information about CTE course offerings contact Nancy Nelson, CTE Director, Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:


    Scott Halasz

    Athletic Director



    Willie Stewart

    Student Services Administrator