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Welcome to the Career and Technical Education Department!

Preparing All Students for Success in College and Career
Career and Technical Education (C.T.E.) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. Through Career and Technical Education programs, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in a chosen course, develop transferable employability skills, and gain real-world experience.

While some of our CTE programs prepare students for entry-level employment, most students complete CTE courses with an understanding of the next steps they need to take on their career paths, whether it is continuing on to college for a degree or job-related certificate or applying to local apprenticeship programs where they can master a craft as they earn a living.

With a varied set of program offerings, CTE classes prepare students to be successful in life after high school. Second-year pathway students will be required to attend an off-site all-day district-sponsored Industry Professional Day where they have opportunities to network, listen to industry talks, present their portfolios to industry professionals and participate in mock interviews.


Students that are enrolled in Biotechnology, Food Service, and Hospitality are offered Dual Enrollment with Skyline College.  Dual Enrollment allows students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual Enrollment is a partnership between SMUHSD and the San Mateo Community College District. 

This Career Guide is a comprehensive guide to all of SMUHSD CTE Programs.