Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education – Preparing Students for Their Future!

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. (Advance CTE)

The Grossmont Union High School District offers over 40 CTE Pathways in 12 of the 15 identified high demand industry sectors of California. Student can choose to focus on an industry sector that interests them and helps them meet their goals for life after high school.

Program Managers

Mary Nishikawa

Monte Vista



West Hills

IDEA Center

Grossmont Healthcare District Health Career Pathways (all sites)

Guidance Services (all sites)

College Readiness Grant

Teri Sprecco

El Cajon Valley

El Capitan

Granite Hills


Mount Miguel

IDEA Center

Project Lead the Way (all sites)

Perkins/CTE Grants Coordinator

CTE Highlights

Champion of Champions Event Celebrates CTE Pathway Students

The 35th annual Career Technical Education Champion of Champions Event was held on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Cuyamaca College Student Center. Everyone was welcomed to celebrate the CTE Champions with school site CTE pathway showcase tables. Flowers were furnished by the students from the Floral Design class at El Capitan under the expert guidance of Brenda Davis-Landini. Culinary delights were prepared by the Culinary Arts and CTE Restaurant Services classes at Granite Hills (Jill Enright, teacher), Valhalla High School (Missy Korn-Heller, teacher), Santana (Donna Small, teacher), El Cajon Valley (Christine Baptista, teacher), and IDEA Center (Laureen Botticelli).

The 42 CTE pathways are offered on all campuses and are established on one of the 15 different industry sectors recognized by the State as important to California’s economy and workforce. One student from each pathway at each school was honored as the Outstanding Pathway Student of the Year.

The 2017 celebration also recognized three students from the Education Pathway, Vallarie Basa, Granite Hills High School, and Cassidy Davila and Carissa Meeker from, Grossmont High School, who are aspiring teachers, and were awarded the Terry K. Ryan Scholarship. The program concluded by recognizing our lone CTE retiree Mrs. Donna Small.

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Santana High School Engineering Students compete in San Diego Regional Chevron Engineering Design Challenge

Brian McCrae, Garrett Desrosiers, and Alejo Favero worked hard and continued to represent Santana High School, CTE, and the Grossmont Union High School District well. The three students worked hard all Saturday afternoon today and took home the first place trophy. They have secured a spot to compete in the state championship on May 6, 2017.

Project Cornerstone and El Capitan Building and Construction Trades Pathway

In conjunction with Project Cornerstone and the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce the El Capitan Building and Construction Trades Pathway under the guidance of Joe Cota have been learning about various jobs within the construction aggregates industry. The program designed by Project Cornerstone introduced the students to how materials are made, what equipment is used at a facility, safety, engineering, and how to prepare for an interview. In addition, the companies partnering with Project Cornerstone will offer summer internships to eligible students!

February is Career Technical Education Month!

The mission of the GUHSD Career-Technical Education is to provide quality programs that support academic achievement resulting in post-secondary options for all students as they acquire the tools for lifelong success. The Grossmont Union High School District has Career Pathways at each site that prepare students to be college and career ready. The pathways represent 12 high demand industry sectors in California and include:




Monte Vista High School Transportation Pathway

MVHS students had quite an eventful and successful day at the SkillsUSA Region 6 skills competition on Saturday January 28, 2017. Ashley Martinez took first place / gold winning the advanced division against top schools like Ontario and Ramona high school. It is MVHS first time winning this event because of the size and quality of programs in the region. In the basic division, MVHS took second and fourth place with two teams of four. Schools from Riverside County, Ontario, San Bernardino county, Imperial County, Apple Valley and San Diego County participated in the event.

MBA Virtual Enterprise

Mount Miguel High School Matador Business Academy students competed in a number of trade shows to date, including the San Diego Trade Show and Bakersfield Trade Show (State Competition). These competitions are part of the MBA Virtual Enterprise class where students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting/finance and web design. This year these students created VE Radio, an online radio to podcast events. At the San Diego Trade show VE Radio took home honors for Video Commercial- Gold, Trade Show Flyer- Bronze, Website Design- Gold (3rd in Show), Creative Booth- Silver, and Sales- Bronze. In Bakersfield, the students were 2nd in the Apprentice competition, 3rd in Video Commercial, and 5th in Website Design.

CTE Spotlight- Education Pathway

On Friday, February 3, students in the Education Pathway at Grossmont, Mount Miguel, El Cajon Valley, and Granite Hills participated in the 2017 Educators Rising California -San Diego Conference at San Diego State University in Montezuma Hall. The conference started with an introduction from Dr. Julie Evans followed be a keynote address by David J. Johns, from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. In addition, students were able to select specific breakout sessions. The Education Pathway students experienced an authentic industry-related conference and came away with essential information regarding the education profession. Tonette Salter, Program Coordinator for the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC) stated, “I was deeply impressed, filled with excitement and joy to see the students of the Education Pathways from the Grossmont Union High School District engaged in the various breakout sessions at the conference.” Many of the students commented that they felt inspired by what they learned.

SDSU Inaugural Engineering Olympics Competition

On Saturday February 11, 2017 SDSU hosted an inaugural Engineering Olympics competition that was open to all high schools located in San Diego. Santana students showed tremendous interest where 16 students in all signed up for the competition. A total of 64 students from around the county showed up to compete. The morning commenced with a paper bridge competition. Santana students Nathan Garrett, Victoria Hilke, Colton Gerry, and Cole Stromberg earned first place in this competition with their bridge holding 25 lbs, while Santana's all girl's team Narrie Loftus, Sarah Wilson, Makayla Mcfarland, and Morgan Boyce earned third place with their bridge holding 15 lbs. The next competition consisted of wiring an electronic breadboard and answering questions related to electricity. Nathan Garrett's group again dominated and earned first place while another Santana team consisting of Brandon Taing, Derek Cantor, Shane Kirk, and Trevor Seddon earned second place. The final competition of the day consisted of a Rube Goldberg design. The teams used simple parts and physics to create a design that would ultimately land a golf ball in a cup. At the end of the day after all of the scores were tallied Santana students won 1st and 2nd place at the all day Engineering Olympic competition.

High School Hospitality Conference

On Thursday February 16, 5 schools participated in the High School Hospitality Conference hosted at Golden Hall in Downtown San Diego. Among these schools were the Culinary Pathways at El Cajon Valley, Santana, Granite Hills, and IDEA center, as well as the Marketing, Sales, and Service Pathway from Mount Miguel High School. The students were welcomed with a continental breakfast and Keynote speech by Claudia Sandoval, the Season 6 winner of the Fox Network’s hit TV series MasterChef. Following the Keynote, students were grouped up and given tours at a variety of restaurants and hotels from downtown San Diego to the Coronado Island. These hotels and restaurants included Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, Lou and Mickey’s, Omni San Diego, and the Coronado Island Marriott just to name a few. Students were given a behind the scenes tour at each establishment and treated to samples of the restaurant favorites. After the tours, the students returned to Golden Hall where they attended a Career Fair to learn about careers in the Hospitality Industry along with a catered lunch. Pictured below are photos of students at the Fish Market and the Career Fair.

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