Career and Technical Education (CTE)
CTE prepares students for the future by developing academic and technical skills in high demand, providing career exploration and work-based learning opportunities, and creating pathways leading to future education training or employment. CTE includes any school course or activity in which a student learns skills needed for a future job field.
Here at West High School our students can explore different careers while they are in school through the CTE pathways program. West High offers 33 different CTE Pathways, each focusing on a different career field. These 33 pathways are divided into the following categories: Automotive, Construction, Business, Cosmetology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Marketing, TV/Broadcasting, Visual Arts, and Protective Services.
Completing a Pathway / CTE Medallions
Students who take a number of CTE classes in the same subject can become a concentrator or completer in a CTE pathway. CTE pathway completers earn a medallion to wear at graduation. This medallion does not only look great at graduation, but it is a great resume builder. Pathway concentrators receive a certificate for graduation.
To be a pathway completer a student must:
- Take at least 3 classes in the same pathway. (including some required credits and some elective)
- Pass each of these pathways with a C or high.
To be a pathway concentrator a student must:
- Take at least 2 classes in the same pathway.
- Pass each of these pathways with a C or high.
To find state guidelines for CTE Pathways go to the Board of education pathways page
For information on a specific pathway that we offer click on it below:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Agriculture & Construction
- Arts, Audio / Visual Technology & Communication
- Engineering & Technology
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Health Science
- Human Services
- Computer Science & Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
- Education & Training
- Business, Finance & Marketing
CTE Graduation Cords
Students may earn CTE Cords to wear at graduation by receiving at least a 80% on 2 or more CTE State Skills tests. State Skills tests are taken at the end of each CTE class to determine competency of the material. Students who receive 80% on a skills test will receive a state recognized certificate.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning and real-world application.
CTSOs work as an integral component of the classroom curriculum and instruction, building upon employability and career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hands-on demonstrations and real life and/or work experiences through a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. CTSOs help guide students in developing a career path, a program of study and provide opportunities in gaining the skills and abilities needed to be successful in those careers through CTSO activities, programs and competitive events. In addition, students have opportunities to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national level and attend leadership development conferences to network with other students as well as business and industry partners.
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Work Based Learning
The goal of work based learning is to introduce students to the adult career world. We give students experiences that will prepare them for the work world after high school by putting them in work like situations. Guest speakers, career related field trips, Work Credit, and Internships are our biggest tools in Work Based Learning. for more information reach out to West High's work based learning coordinator Riley Jensen. Riley.Jensen@slcschools.org.
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