Career & Technical Education
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. This refers to preparation for a vast array of careers that don't necessarily involve a college degree, yet still require significant training and experience. School, at its most basic, is a means of preparing our youth for the lives and careers ahead of them. While college focuses academic studies on a particular discipline, not all careers require a 4-year degree, and many require a different kind of training.
Career and Technical Education is about preparing students for job categories that fall outside the scope of a 4-year degree, yet still require preparation. To this end, the Tukwila School District has focused on the skills needed by Western Washington’s largest employers. The largest employer, which built the foundations of the Seattle economy, is Boeing. They need workers with a combination of mechanical and electronic skills. Students with an interest in those areas are being guided to a pathway called Mechatronics, which blends those skills in a practical manner that will make them prime candidates for Boeing.
The Career and Technical Education department has identified various pathways suited towards the careers in most demand in the region. These pathways will allow our schools to focus students from an earlier age, and better prepare them for what lies ahead. The pathways being cultivated include: Human Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Business Management, Arts, Audio Visual Technology, and Communication, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Education and Training.