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    CTE Programs at Individual Schools

    CTE Courses by High School and CTE Pathways

    Exploratory Courses

    Preparatory Courses

    Career Academies

    Career Pathways

    Career pathways are a simple but comprehensive way for students to make their initial introduction to the world of careers. Seattle’s career pathways break the world of work into five areas around which CTE classes cluster. 

    There are numerous careers in each pathway and many are interrelated. Entrepreneurship, leadership/management and technology opportunities exist in all pathways. Here are the five pathways:

    • Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (A&ES)
    • Arts, Communications and Media (AC&M)
    • Business, Marketing and Information Technology (BM&IT)
    • Health and Human Services (H&HS)
    • Science, Engineering and Industry (SE&I) 


    Cross-crediting is where a Career and Technical Education course provides high school students with core credit towards graduation and college and university admissions. It blends academic and career & technical studies. This is an alternative way for students to meet graduation requirements, and supports pursuit of preparatory Career and Technical Education course sequences. As examples, teachers have designed integrated projects combining physics and electronics; geometry and auto mechanics; English and marketing; algebra and drafting; physics and agricultural science;and medical terminology and Spanish.

    Transition Services

    Transition services are services above and beyond conventional high school classes that provide extra support for students who need assistance in preparing for college, in obtaining and sustaining employment, in independent living skills, and in other areas necessary to independent and successful adult life. These services are mandated for students with disabilities, but there are many more students who need and will benefit from them.

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    Contact Us

    Phone: 206-252-0735

    Jane Hendrickson 
    CTE Program Manager

    Pathway Specialists

    Robert Austin
    Science, Engineering, Trades

    Maria Herrera-Lofton
    NAF Academies and Work Based Learning, Partnerships

    Susan Grant
    Ag, Health & Human Services & Family & Consumer Science

    To Be Filled
    Business, Marketing, Media Arts, IT & CS


    The Career and Technical Education Department broadens career choices for students, supports and promotes quality instruction, and ensures that every secondary school has a range of CTE offerings for every student, including preparatory Seattle Skills Center options.