Career and Technical Education (CTE)

What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

CTE is a combination of academic, employability, leadership, and technical skills that help students achieve success in education and life. CTE programs are designed to engage students and allow them to explore, compete, and succeed as lifelong learners, equipped for our changing economy and their own path to success. CTE works in collaboration with business and industry partners to help our students fill positions that are available today, while closing the skills gap and preparing a qualified workforce for the high-skilled, high-demand, high-wage careers of tomorrow. CTE programs are developing Washington’s most valuable resource – its youth.

Today, in our rapidly changing economy it is more important than ever for us to recognize that education and skills are needed for all students. We call these skills 21st Century Skills.

As part of this challenge, Washougal School District is working diligently with students to assist them in developing their “High School and Beyond Plans” as part of their graduation requirements. This plan is developed with the assistance school staff to create an electronic portfolio that represents the goals, skills and accomplishments of each student throughout their high school experience and beyond. The High School and Beyond Plan includes the following:

  • Exploration of personal strengths and aptitudes to determine careers or “pathways” they might be interested in pursuing
  • Development of a four-year plan of courses that align with career interests and post-secondary goals
  • Plan begins in middle school and is reviewed annually by students, school staff and parents
  • Creation of an electronic portfolio.

To learn more about how you can help your student, contact your students’ school for more information.

CTE Classes fall into Career Clusters of which there are 16. A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products. Within each cluster, there are “pathways” that correspond to a collection of courses and training opportunities that prepare students for a given career. Click on these 16 clusters to find out more.


Washougal School District’s CTE Department’s Vision, Mission, Goals and Beliefs are as follows:

Vision: All students’ ready for college, career and life.

Mission: To facilitate the teaching of relevant skills and knowledge for learning, career and life.

Goal: To increase graduation rates and prepare students for employment by engaging them in learning related to career interests and workplace readiness/21st Century skills.


  • We believe all students when provided the opportunity, will flourish in an environment that engages them in learning.
  • We believe through collaborative work, we can positively impact our students learning and their preparation for the world of work.
  • We believe that keeping programs current by staying connected to what is happening in business/industry will have a positive impact on our students.
  • We believe there are many paths traveled to get to a desired career and our job is to assist students in understanding those various paths so they choose the best one to fit their needs.

Below are the courses offered through the CTE Department at each school in Washougal. These courses are aligned to their primary pathway though could fall into multiple pathway areas. For example, Computer Applications is primarily in the IT Pathway but could also be found in the Business Management & Administration Pathway.  Click on the hyperlink to see a sample Program of Study Pathways and/or course descriptions. You can also view this video on Pathways which include CTE and other WHS courses.

Business Management & Administration:
Information Technology:
Arts, AV Tech & Communications:
Health Sciences:
Hospitality & Tourism:
Education & Training:

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

  • Applied Math*
  • Engineering Design
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Architecture & Construction:

  • Basic Construction
  • Fine Arts Woodworking


  • Metal Crafts & Production
  • Metals Technology & Manufacturing*

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics:

  • Small Engines

Worksite Learning* is also available to students who have successfully completed and passed a CTE course. This course allows students the opportunity to be involved in an internship (could be paid or unpaid) within their career pathway giving them experience in the workplace while receiving high school as well as potentially college credit too. If interested, come to the Career Center for more information.

*Learn more about dual credit courses (high school & college credit at the same time) by clicking here.

Want to learn more about career trends, wage earnings and educational paths needed to reach specific careers?

Here are some links to help.

You can also contact or come to the Washougal High School Career Center for more information on scholarships, military, apprenticeships, tech schools, trade unions, field trips and more.


Washougal School District celebrated Career and Technical Education Month® with a look at how our CTE teachers and programs continued to thrive during remote learning. WSD has a robust offering of project-based classes and programs which facilitate the teaching of relevant skills and knowledge for learning, career and life.

Metals Technology

Culinary and Baking


Middle School STEM

How can you get involved?

There are many ways to get involved with Washougal CTE Programs from being a guest speaker in our classrooms to becoming a member of our Advisory Committee(s).  Your professional experience can positively impact the future of our students. We welcome your involvement. Should you have any questions or want more information, please contact us for more information.

Margaret Rice (CTE Director) or (360) 954-3121

Kathy Scobba (Career Specialist) or (360) 954-3117

Erin VanDaam (Assistant to the Director & Career Center Secretary) or (360)954-3119

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Washougal School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The School District offers classes in many career and technical education program pathways under its open admissions policy. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Margaret Rice, Career and Technical Education Director, 360-954-3121, 1201 39th St., Washougal, WA 98671. Erin Van Damm, Career and Technical Education Secretary, 360-954-3119, 1201 39th St., Washougal, WA 98671.  Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050; Title IX Officer: Gary McGarvie, 1201 39th St., Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3104; Section 504 Coordinator: Penny Andrews, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3020.  Bullying and Harassment Complaint Officer: Aaron Hansen

Bullying and Harassment Complaint Officer: Aaron Hansen
4855 Evergreen Way
Washougal, WA  98671
(360) 954-3050

El Distrito Escolar de Washougal no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados.  El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Coordinador de derechos civiles: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050; Oficial de Titulo IX: Gary McGarvie, 1201 39th St. Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3104; Coordinadora de la Sección 504: Penny Andrews, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3021; Oficial de quejase de intimidación y acoso: Aaron Hansen

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