Career & Technical Education
Career & Technical Education, also known as CTE, is a series of courses that lead to careers within our tribal enterprises in the Puyallup 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 to clear pathways to tribal industries post high school
- Prepare students to be career ready within our community
- Teach students life skills that help them become productive citizens of our tribal economy, ultimately ensuring the long-term 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:
- Hospitality: Culinary Arts Pathway
- Science and Engineering: Natural Resources Pathway
- Education Careers Pathway
- Audio & Visual Technology Pathway
- Health Sciences: Medical Careers Pathway