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CTE Student Highlights

Our CTE students have the opportunity to participate in community projects, go on industry related field trips, and experience a wide variety of things related to their pathway. Below you can read about each industry sector, and some of the great things our students are doing

Agriculture Highlights


Everything is coming up roses this week at Chaparral High School! The CTE/ROP Floral Design class has been very busy preparing for one of the most important floral holidays of the year. Each of the students in the class was responsible for preparing the accessories and container, then designing and delivering several arrangements. Students designed bud vases, nostalgic Victorian style heart designs, hand-tied mixed bouquets with lots of red roses, frilly candy topiaries and single-wrapped roses and carnations for ASB sales. We are pleased to be able to offer beautiful, affordable arrangements for our staff!

The Floral Design class is part of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Industry pathway offered at Chaparral and El Capitan High Schools. This pathway provides many hands-on opportunities for students to experience working with flowers and provides training for entry level positions in a flower shop. This class articulates to the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture program, and students are also eligible for UC art credit.
AME Highlights 


“Of all the career industries, the Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) sector requires perhaps the greatest cross-disciplinary interaction because the work in this sector has a propensity to be largely project-based, requiring both independent work and interdependent management skills for career success… Careers in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector fall into four general pathways: Design, Visual, and Media Arts; Performing Arts; Production and Managerial Arts; and Game Design and Integration” (Career Technical Education Model Curriculum standards, 2013).

AME Pathways classes are offered at every high school in the Grossmont Union High School District and include: Computer 3-D Design/Animation, Digital Arts, Multimedia Production, Photography, Media, Printing & Graphics, Screen Printing, and TV, Film & Digital Media.

Students in these classes showcase their skills by supporting events at their schools and in community through art shows, multimedia productions, animations, public service announcements, logos, portraits, promotional posters and displays, just to name a few. Their multimedia footprint is everywhere! To update their skills based on industry standards, AME students have taken behind-the-scene field trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Disneyland, The Dr. Phil Show, Sony Online Entertainment, and various local museums. To learn more about this pathway and how local business can become involved, please visit our website at

 Building Trades Highlights

 Building Trades 
Education Highlights


The Education Pathway currently is offered at: Granite Hills, Grossmont, and Mount Miguel. This Pathway is a two-year sequence for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the teaching field.

Mount Miguel High School also has a Pathway for Educational Leadership & Peer Support. This one-year 300-hour program is designed for those seeking further study in counseling and educational leadership.

On Friday, October 17th, students from the Education Pathway along with Jenn Hanzal, Education Pathway teacher from Granite Hills, presented at the East County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee. The two students, Kaitlyn Carver and Mikaila Kettler, explained how the education pathway has helped them determine their future career paths. All of the students in the Teaching & Learning Pathway serve as interns at local elementary & preschools throughout the year.

Educational Leadership and Peer Support, taught by Jason Babineau, has had a significant positive impact on the campus. Junior and senior student leaders mentor freshmen students, which provides them with academic, behavioral, and emotional support, in the hope of making their transition to high school a positive experience. In addition, students are involved in a variety of community service projects in Spring Valley and Lemon Grove, where they can apply the leadership skills that they are acquiring in their pathway.

We are excited about the future educators and leaders who will be coming out of our CTE Education Pathways. Each year students in the Education Pathway have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship in memory of the late Terry Ryan, former GUHSD Superintendent. The Ryan family annually recognizes those who have a desire to earn their degree and credential and who seek to teach in the East County.

Engineering Highlights


This Engineering and Design sector provides a foundation in engineering and design for students in California. Students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and provides learning opportunities for students interested in preparing for careers in areas such as industrial design, architecture, and all fields of engineering.

The Engineering Pathway at Santana High School is a Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Program, and includes the following classes: Introduction to Design, Principles of Engineering and Civil Engineering. Students who complete this pathway have priority enrollment in the Engineering Program at San Diego State University and also qualify for specialized scholarships.

Many of Santana’s Engineering students (both past and present) have participated in local internships, and some have been hired by local engineering and construction firms right out of high school. Additionally, many of the students who have completed the Engineering pathway are attending prominent four-year universities and are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in one of the many fields of engineering. This year, over half of the Engineering pathway seniors have been accepted to a four-year university and even some students have a career lined up when they graduate in June.
Environmental Design Highlights
Environmental Design 
Fashion & Design Highlights


In March, Monte Vista High School held an Every 15 Minutes event. Sponsored by the California Highway Patrol, their website describes the program as, “…a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, and many others.”

In support of the Every 15 Minutes program, students in the Monte Vista Cosmetology Pathway assisted in the presentation by doing the hair and make-up for the participants. The teacher, Angie Trujillo, and her students were eager to demonstrate the skills that they are learning in their pathway. Currently, the Cosmetology pathway is offered at Mt Miguel and Chaparral, as well as Monte Vista. Mt Miguel’s “Studio 461” was recently renovated, and the Monte Vista Cosmetology lab will have the finishing touches on its upgrade completed this summer. The Cosmetology Pathway at Chaparral will move into their new facility when the new Career Technical Education (CTE) building is completed. Students in these CTE pathways are able to acquire skills which prepare them to enroll in a post-secondary training program, should they desire to pursue a career in this field.

Health Science Highlights


Fall is in the air and student athletes are out on the fields, on the courts, and in the pools participating in the fall sports.  Students in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Sports Medicine Pathways at Granite Hills, Grossmont, and West Hills are in the classroom learning about the prevention, recognition, evaluation, rehabilitation, and management of sports injuries.  Students in this two-year sequenced CTE Pathway have the opportunity to shadow the Athletic Trainers (who are also their instructors) and see the real-life application of this growing medical field.  While many of the students in this CTE Pathway are interested in continuing on to become athletic trainers, there are also students who want to be doctors, physical therapists, paramedics, sports psychologists, fitness trainers and nutritionists.  The second year students will come out of the pathway with a foundation to pursue a variety of fields in the Health Sciences Industry Sector. For more information on all of the CTE Pathways, go to

Hospitality Highlights

 Information Technology Highlights

 Information Technology
 Manufacturing Highlights


The two-year Metal Masters Pathway at El Cajon Valley High School is enabling students to begin careers in the welding/metal fabrication industry and is preparing them for college-level metals programs.

Last month, 18 Advanced Welding and Fabrication students at El Cajon Valley High School were awarded with Welder Certifications from the American Welding Society. The students practiced for the test daily from the beginning of the school year and completed testing in December. Certificates were awarded to the students by Sam Lindsey, Chairman of the San Diego Section of the American Welding Society. Certification by the American Welding Society is the international standard of welder certification and is the first step toward gaining employment in a welding career.

Also, on January 17, the CTE Manufacturing Pathway presented at the East County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee meeting. Students from the El Cajon Valley welding program and Monte Vista’s Machine Tool Technology program spoke on how these pathways have opened doors for employment even prior to graduation. As always, the Chamber Committee was impressed with the GUHSD CTE students as they touted the benefit of Career Technical Education at their school site. Welding teacher, Nick Williams, was also present and was able to explain a new partnership recently formed with US Joiner, and talks are in the works to expand to NASSCO and BAE. Welding students who graduate with the requisite skills are being offered entry-level welding jobs starting at $18-$25 per hour.

I compliment these students for their dedication to achieving competent welding results and teachers Nick Williams and Kevin Powers for the success of this growing program.
Marketing Highlights

 Transportation Highlights


This semester, the Monte Vista Transportation Pathway took part in the Skills USA competition. At the regional event, the team brought home gold! Congratulations to the first place team from MVHS: Eduardo Hermosillo, Josue Lopez, Josh Martinez, and Daniel Medellin. 

By winning the regional event, they qualified to compete in the State competition, which was held in early April, here in San Diego at the Mission Valley Town & Country. The team was well prepared by their instructor, Mike Fleming, and when the dust had settled, they were the silver medal winners coming in 2nd place. 

In addition to their school activities, two of the team members participate in recruiting and promotional events for the pathway. On Friday, April 19th, Josh Martinez and Josue Lopez spoke to the East County Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Education Committee. They presented what the pathway has meant to them and on the importance of high quality Career Technical Education programming in our schools. In our District, we currently offer the Transportation Pathway at three sites. There is a 3-year pathway at Grossmont High School, and the 4-year pathway at Monte Vista. In addition to these two programs that focus on the mechanical side of the auto industry, we have a 2-year auto body pathway at Santana High School.

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