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WVSD Career & Technical Education

Why CTE?
Students engage in relevant courses that develop their 21st-century skills and connect them to in-demand careers to achieve a high-quality standard of life.
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In West Valley's CTE courses, students will:
  • Experience natural environments that connect academics to work & life
  • Develop work ethic, communication, collaboration, planning, and response to feedback and failure
  • Connect their passion and skills to high-wage careers and T-2-4 training
"They can't be what they can't see."
Career and Technical Education  (CTE) helps students realize their successes and value through creating tangible products, serving as mentors or leaders, and succeeding at competitions. Students produce real products and quality work using industry-relevant equipment. In addition, CTE helps answer nearly every student's age-old questions:
"Why am I learning this?"

"When will I ever use this?"
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Career & Technical Education courses are where students apply their academic knowledge. Students connect their learning with future career opportunities and workplace readiness skills. Benefits of CTE include:
  • Attainment of real-world skills
  • Learning through hands-on experience
  • Exploring career options and what you are passionate about
  • Gaining the skills, knowledge, and abilities to pursue fulfilling, rewarding careers
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Key Ingredients of Quality CTE
Provide possibilities and pathways through work with real people, doing real things, connected to in-demand careers.
Courses and Pathways Aligned to Workforce Demand
Key industries posting increases in Spokane County are transportation and warehousing, advanced manufacturing, health services, professional and business services, and agriculture. CTE courses help students explore the career path to make an informed Beyond High School Plan. 
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Work-Based & Work-Site Learning Opportunities
  • Guest Speakers
  • Expert visits and feedback
  • Industry site visits
  • Active participation in advisory committees
  • Apprenticeships, work-site learning coordination
21st Century Skills (leadership & employability) taught, practiced, assessed
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving: Application of decision-making processes to projects
  • Communication (Oral, Interpersonal, Written, Electronic, Presentation) Practiced beyond the classroom through strong CTSO opportunities where students find belonging: DECA, Skills USA (Leaders in CTE), First Robotics, HOSA, etc.
Equitable post-secondary success
  1. High school and beyond planning and guidance
  2. Early (elementary/middle school) opportunities for career awareness and exploration for students and parents, especially in traditionally underrepresented careers
  3. Cross-school volunteer and exhibition experiences to strengthen workforce-relevant career interests and course selection
  4. Attainment of IRCs and Dual Credit
Career and Technical Education relies on and is grateful for partnerships with local industries and businesses such as Wagstaff, Inc. and MacKay Manufacturing.
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