Welcome to Career & Technical Education

  • What is CTE?

    What is CTE?

    CTE is Career and Technical Education. All careers fall into one of six career fields. Students have an opportunity to explore technical fields and advance their skills in preparation for a variety of post high school education and training options. Check out the Yelm courses and videos.

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  • Know Your College and Career Options

    Know Your College and Career Options

    Check out "Success in the New Economy" video and the other resources available in our Programs of Study/Career Fields.

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  •  Rep Barkis visits with CTE students

    Representative Barkis tours CTE programs

    It was a pleasure touring Rep Andrew Barkis through our CTE programs. He got to speak with students and teachers in multiple programs. He shared is passion to support students in pursuing multiple paths for education and training to reach their career goals. One key question he has is, "How are students gaining life skills?" I shared the department's focus to embed Work Readiness at all grade levels. Beyond being ready for work, Rep Barkis wants to see our next generation of citizens ready make positive, informed choices in our community.

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  •  Yelm grads look to the future

    Alumni Spotlight

    Congrats to some recent alumni that have been impacted by multiple CTE courses and CTSO programs. Thomas Pablo c/o 2017 and Dennis Lingle Jr c/o 2018 were inducted in the Boilermaker Apprenticeship.

    Let's celebrate our alumni who have pursued their education and career goals associated with our Career Pathways. Send me details to "spotlight" as part of Graduate Yelm!

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  •  Paul Ringstad speaks with students

    Automotive students explore career options

    Paul Ringstad from Universal Technical Institute spoke with Automotive students about the options to pursue after high school. He used the analogy of GPS as a way to plan your future. If you can plug in your end destination, then you can find multiple routes to get there. If you make a wrong turn, you can just "re-route." Be the driver of your destination.

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  • We hope students take advantage of the various community and leadership activities offered by CTE teachers. These extended learning opportunities will develop their interpersonal and professional skills for success. 

    Research shows that only 15% of one's success is determined by hard skills (technical skills, certificate, or degree), while the remaining 85% of your success depends on employability or soft skills (communication, teamwork, work ethic, time management, decision making, critical thinking).

    Ask a CTE teacher about how to get involved!
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