Career & Technical Education(CTE)

    Kelsey Parke

    CTE Director
    Michael Tompkins
    CTE Department Head
    Links to CTE Teachers:

    What is Career and Technical Education?

    Mission Statement

    The Career and Technical Education Department of the University Place School District will provide relevant programs of study that prepare each student to thrive in their future career. All University Place CTE courses will prepare students to enter post-secondary education and to meet the needs of today’s high-paced, competitive work environment.

    We Believe CTE…

    • Uses best practices in education to provide authentic application of learning to real‐world situations.
    • Programs prepare students with life‐long skills for citizenship, career, and college.
    • Programs should be an opportunity for all students.
    • Enhances academics including math, language arts, science and humanities.
    • Holistically integrates core standards to provide valuable learning.
    • Provides student‐driven and self‐sustaining pathways with a scope and sequence.
    • Helps students find and connect their vision to their future.
    • Focuses programs and decisions on what is best for students.
    • Supports staff and students to develop unique talents, leadership and abilities to make a difference in the world now and in the future

    Career and Technical Education classes are designed to achieve four key goals for students:

    1. Students earn high school credit.
    2. Students simultaneously earn FREE college credits with our local community and technical colleges. (Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, Seattle Central Community College, and Tacoma Community College)
    3. Students learn marketable job skills in a chosen career field.
    4. Students have the opportunity to enter community college with up to one full year of credits completed saving thousands of dollars if they are able to maintain a “B” average or better in their CTE classes.
     Child Development and Psychology
    Teaching Academy
     Culinary Arts
    Gourmet Foods
    Advanced Culinary Arts
     Digital Photography
    Advanced Placement Digital Photography
    Professional Video Production
     Introduction to Business and Marketing
     Advertising and Entrepreneurship
    Retail Store Operations and Management
    Introduction to Computer Science
     Microsoft Office Specialist
    Digital Design
     *Computer Multimedia and Animation
     **AP Computer Science 
    Introduction to Engineering (PLTW)
    Robotics (PLTW)
    Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)
    Human Body Systems (HBS) (PLTW)
    Medical Interventions (MI) (PLTW) 
     Yearbook Publication
    *Work Based Learning
    (*This class does not qualify for dual credit.  **This class qualifies for UW in the classroom credit. PLTW = Project Lead The Way)
    Dual Credit Programs

    21st Century Skills

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) believes a comprehensive education culminates in 21st century readiness for college, careers and civic responsibility. We believe in students prepared to flourish in a dynamic, global economy. CTE courses exemplify the intentional synthesis of technical knowledge and skills, traditional academics, and 21st century skills as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Advanced economies demand workers able to respond to complex problems, communicate effectively, manage information, work in new teams, produce new knowledge, invent and create. 21st century skills increase the rigor and relevance of leadership and employability integration in CTE courses.

    Leadership development has been an integral component of CTE courses in Washington for decades. The leadership skills learned in extra and co‐curricular activities makes an enormously positive impact on the lives of students. Leadership activities have long been one of the items that make CTE courses different (and more valuable) from other courses. CTE has a commitment to continual improvement and continual transformation of programs to meet the changing needs of employers.


    21st Century Interdisciplinary Themes:

    • Global Awareness
    • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
    • Civic Literacy
    • Health Literacy
    • Environmental Literacy

    Learning and Innovation Skills

    Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. They include:

    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration

     Information, Media and Technology Skills

    Today, we live in a technology and media‐driven environment, marked by access to abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as:

    • Information Literacy
    • Media Literacy
    • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

    Life and Career Skills

    Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as:

    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self‐Direction
    • Social and Cross‐Cultural Skills
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Leadership and Responsibility