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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) courses provide students with the skills they need to be successful in their postsecondary education and future career. Each CTE class offers students the opportunities to explore careers in industries that are thriving in our region. In addition, students apply skills learned in their “core academic” classes, giving them the competitive advantage of moving beyond theory and into practice. Students often work in teams to come up with solutions to real-world problems and demonstrate their learning by designing, building, or implementing the idea or product. Students share what they learn through presentations (sometimes to industry representatives), competitions, or with their peers. CTE courses provide students with leadership opportunities in industry-related clubs, Career Technical Student Organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or DECA, and within the course itself. 

Each school has its own “pathways” (sequence of courses designed to deepen students’ learning in a given industry sector). CTE classes that require unique facilities (e.g., Auto Tech, Culinary, Sports Medicine, etc.) are generally open to any FUHSD student if scheduling and space permits. Students who are interested in taking a CTE class at another campus should see their Guidance Counselor during course selection in the spring semester of each year.

CTE Pathways

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in design, manufacturing, fashion, commercial art, publications, website design and development, animation, film, and art. Classes at Homestead and Lynbrook include Multimedia Design and Studio Art.

Production and Managerial Arts Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in film, television, theatre, lighting, sound engineering, construction, and event planning. Stagecraft Technology classes offered Fremont and Homestead.

Building & Construction Trades

Woodworking Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in design, manufacturing, engineering, construction, and art. Woodworking classes offered at Cupertino and Monta Vista

Business & Finance

Students in these pathways are eligible to participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or DECA.

Business Management Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in virtually any industry, including small business, human resources, education, finance, law, education, and beyond. Classes at all schools. 

Financial Services Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in virtually any industry, including accounting, small business, investment and finance, and beyond. Accounting classes at Homestead and Lynbrook; Money & Banking at Monta Vista.

International Business Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in virtually any industry, including business, global trade and logistics, finance, and beyond. Classes at Cupertino, Homestead and Monta Vista.

Engineering & Architecture

Engineering Design Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in engineering, robotics, architecture, design, drafting, computer hardware, computer-integrated manufacturing, commercial art, technical writing, automotive or transportation technology. Classes at Homestead and Monta Vista.

Engineering Technology Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in engineering, computer hardware, digital electronics, drafting, robotics, architecture, design, computer-integrated manufacturing, commercial art, technical writing, automotive or transportation technology. Classes at Fremont.

Environmental Engineering Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in engineering, environmental science or sustainability, robotics, architecture, design, computer-integrated manufacturing, drafting, commercial art, technical writing, automotive or transportation technology. Classes at Cupertino.

Health Science & Medical Technology

Patient Care Pathway (Dual Enrollment Program with Foothill College)

Offered in collaboration with Foothill College, this pathway is recommended for students who wish to pursue any career in the health industry, including kinesiology, nursing, physician, athletic training, emergency medicine, and beyond. Classes at Fremont include opportunities for second-year students to earn college credit at Foothill College. 

Public & Community Health Pathway (Dual Enrollment Program with Foothill College)

Offered in collaboration with Foothill College, this pathway is recommended for students who wish to pursue any career in the health industry, including nursing, physician, public health administrator, psychology or sociology, and beyond. Classes at Cupertino are provided by Foothill College. 

Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation

Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in the food industry, including nutrition, registered dietician, event planning, catering, food service management, food sustainability, or any level of culinary career. Classes at Homestead and Lynbrook

Food Service and Hospitality Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in the food or hospitality industries, including catering, food service management, nutrition, event planning, or any level of culinary career. Classes at Cupertino and Fremont.

Marketing, Sales and Service

Students in this pathway are eligible to participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) or DECA.

Marketing Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, advertising, sales, business, commercial art, public relations, market research, and beyond. Principles of Marketing class at Monta Vista.

Public Services

Legal Practices Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in public service, law enforcement, military service, law, court reporting, research, public speaking, and beyond. Classes at Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead and Monta Vista.

Public Safety Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in public service, law enforcement, military service, law, and beyond. Classes at Homestead.

Transportation

Systems Diagnostics, Service and Repair Pathway

Recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in transportation, auto mechanics, engineering, manufacturing, technical writing, and beyond. Classes at Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead and Monta Vista.

Contact Information

Lori Riehl
Coordinator of Pathways to Postsecondary Success
(408) 522-2296

Get Involved

CTE Advisory Committee

The mission of the FUHSD CTE Advisory Committee is to build an educated and skilled workforce in areas of need by creating a partnership  between schools and the world of work to support student success in Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways and beyond. 

Current contributors to our CTE programs include members, faculty, and employees from the Rotary Clubs of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, FUHS Foundation, Foothill College, Mission College, West Valley College, De Anza College, Silicon Valley Career Pathways, Bon Appetit, General Electric, NOVA and Blach Construction.

Become a Supporter & Partner of Our CTE Programs

Industry and community partners are valuable contributors to our Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and courses. FUHSD’s CTE teachers rely on those with industry experience to help build our CTE programs, and keep our students and faculty up-to-date on the latest trends. CTE pathway programs and our Career Technical student organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and DECA welcome a range of volunteer and industry support including guest speakers, job shadow opportunities, field trip support, internships and informational interview and resume feedback opportunities.

FUHSD’s CTE Advisory Committee meets annually to share what is working, get feedback from industry partners on areas in need of support, and learn about what is new in each industry sector. If you are interested in participating on any level— from once a year Advisory Committee meetings to ongoing volunteering in the classroom—please contact Lori Riehl, Coordinator of Pathways to Postsecondary Success, at lori_riehl@fuhsd.org or (408) 522-2296. Our CTE faculty and students look forward to learning from you!