RRPS Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs

The Mission of RRPS CTE is to provide students with career exploration, hands-on experience, and certificate opportunities to advance their employability and post-secondary options.

A CTE Pathway is a 3-4 class sequence in a career cluster.

The National High School Graduation Rate for CTE Concentrators (students taking at least two classes in a CTE Pathway) is 93% – 13 percentage points higher than the national average of 80%.


RRPS CTE At A Glance

18 High School programs include:

  • --Automotive Technology (Skills USA), Agricultural Sciences (FFA), Teacher Prep (Ed Rising), Marketing (DECA)

  • --Culinary Arts (ProStart), Film Video Audio Production, Theater Tech/Set Design & Construction, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

  • --PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Sciences, PLTW Computer Science, Python Programming, Robotics, CAD

  • --Dual Credit (with CNM) Welding, Dual Credit Fire Science, Dual Credit Nursing, & Dual Credit Medical Assistant.

  • --2361 High School Students, 25 Teachers

3 Middle School programs include:

  • --Computer Technology, Robotics, Culinary Arts

  • --Approximately 1000 students, 12 Teachers

See "Announcements" Below

CHS Storming STEM State Championship Team

Video Showcase: CHS Python Programming Promo


CHS Storming STEM Team Wins State Governor's STEM Challenge 2nd Year In A Row (Jan '21)

The dynamic teaching duo of Ashli Johnston and Lauren Huey once again led their students to a state championship in the Governor's STEM Challenge for the second year in a row.

The student team (pictured above) was comprised of Jacob Trappett , Elijah Griego , Isabella Hendricks , Eliana Juarez , Cooper Lane , and Zachary Cowden.

The Challenge: “How can you combine New Mexico’s natural resources with technology to address regional/global needs?”

The Storming STEM Team worked together to create a device that generates electricity and hot water from the abundant New Mexican resource of sunlight. Unlike other mechanisms such as solar panels, our project SolGen produces zero emissions and is almost entirely made out of recycled materials. By utilizing a Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight to a single, superheated point, we were able to harness the power of the sun to boil water and use the steam to power a steam engine and power a battery.

Please watch this student generated video prepared for the competition.: Link to Elevator Pitch.

Carpenter Apprentices Needed (Oct '20)

The Southwest Regional Carpenters Union is currently seeking qualified candidates for their 4 year apprenticeship program. Applicants must be 18 years of age and should have reliable transportation. Work will not always be in the Albuquerque area. Members of the Carpenters Union work in all areas of the state-primarily in Interior Systems (metal stud framing and drywall) and General Construction (Concrete) on Private, State and Federal facilities earning great pay and beginning to earn health benefits (medical, dental, vision) and laying the groundwork for a retirement. Upcoming work being recruited for is the new Amazon distribution facility, Presbyterian in downtown Albuquerque, UNMH parking structure, Albuquerque Airport and Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs just to name a few. Work at the National Labs has more stringent standards i.e. US citizen, pass a background check and be drug free. By and far the majority of contractors enforce a drug free workplace and job site, pre-employment and random testing is a standard for most of our signatory contractors and an accepted practice in the industry. Interested individuals can reach out to Carpenters LU 1319 at 505-268-4389, Rosendo Najar 505-249-3439, Juan Gonzalez Jr. 505-803-0483 or Matt Suarez 505-715-8125.