Mead students experience reading with a simulated vision disability

What does it feel like to have a disability? The Margaret Mead Elementary School PTSA wanted students to be able to empathize with their peers who face mobility, learning or other challenges. As part of Disability Awareness Month, they set up a Disability Awareness Fair with eight learning stations.



Career and Technical Education

Teen CEO participants posing for a photo.

Career and Technical Education provides students with the techni­cal skills and academic knowledge they will need to prepare for life after high school—future employment and/or a success­ful transition to post-secondary education. Students will prepare for their future by exploring careers and acquire job specific skills through technical training, hands-on learning and participation in work-based learning activities. While obtaining advanced technical training, students can receive college credit while in high school, saving time and money.

CTE classes are offered in many different fields, and many of them offer an opportunity to earn college credit through Tech Prep and other institutions. Examples include Firefighting, Forensic work, Culinary, Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science, Health, Nursing, Psychology and AP Psychology, Computer Programming and AP Computer Science, Graphic Arts and AP Studio Art, Engineering, Me­chanical Engineering, Architectural Drafting, Business and Marketing, Finance and Economics, and AP Economics. These classes integrate academics with technical skill development to help prepare students for higher-level courses in college. Middle schools and high schools offer a wide range of CTE classes, so check school course catalogs to find actual offer­ings in schools.

Contact Us

Dan Phelan
Director, Career and Technical Education

Karen Hay
Director, WANIC Skill Center

Kate Atvars
CTE Program Specialist,
Redmond and Eastlake

Katie Searle
CTE Program Specialist,
Lake Washington and Juanita