College and Career Readiness

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    As students plan their high school career, it’s important to look beyond just making sure they earn the right number of credits in the right subject areas. Students should begin thinking about and planning for their future career and post-secondary education. The High School and Beyond Plan helps students align their high school courses with their plans for the future. Learn more: High School & Beyond Plan.

    Students should check out their high school’s course catalog for more information about course offerings and services to help them meet their goals:

    College Admissions Standards and High School Courses

    Lake Washington School District’s Vision is “All Students Future Ready: Prepared for College, Prepared for the Global Workplace, Prepared for Personal Success.” As a result, the district’s graduation requirements are designed to ensure students in our district graduate with what they need to get into a four-year college, if they choose to go there.
    Courses that meet the College Academic Distribution Requirement (CADR) are marked with the designation CADR in high school course catalogs. To ensure their high school course credits will meet the minimum college admission standards, students should check their course plans against the Minimum College Admission Standards for four-year institutions in Washington state.

    Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

    Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, students can often earn college credit and advanced placement and stand out in the admission process. These courses are typically offered in 10th, 11th and 12th grade, however some are open to earlier grades.

    In AP’s immersive courses, students don’t just read about things, they get to learn how things really work. Students tackle concepts and learn a hands-on approach that takes students beyond the typical classroom and into an experience that prepares them for college and beyond. Students dialogue, debate and contribute to shared knowledge alongside classmates and AP teachers.

    AP courses help students experience college-level course work in a supportive environment. By doing college-level work in high school, students gain confidence and can earn college credit.

    AP courses are listed in high school course catalogs. You can learn more about AP at

    Career and Technical Education (CTE)

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is hands-on, career-connected learning that prepares students to be college, career and future ready! CTE courses integrate 21st century skills, professional and technical skills, and core academic knowledge. Some CTE courses provide the opportunity to earn college credit or industry certification.  

    CTE courses are organized by six different state-approved program areas:

    1. Agriculture Education and Science
    2. Business and Marketing
    3. Family and Consumer Science
    4. Health Science
    5. Skilled and Technical Science
    6. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

    CTE courses within each program area align to 16 nationally recognized career clusters:

    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Architecture and Construction
    • Arts, AV Technology and Communications
    • Business, Marketing and Administration
    • Education and Training
    • Finance
    • Government and Public Administration
    • Health Science
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
    • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

    These classes integrate academics with technical skill development to help prepare students for higher-level courses in college and for high demand, high skill, high wage jobs. Middle schools and high schools offer a wide range of CTE classes. Check school course catalogs to find each school's CTE course offerings.

    CTE Programs

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    Agriculture Education and Science

    Scientists and technicians help ensure responsible and sustainable food production and natural resource consumption.


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    Business and Marketing

    Business, marketing and information technology (IT) professionals ensure business operations in every sector run efficiently and ethically. 

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    Family and Consumer Science

    Education professionals and professionals in human services, hospitality and tourism-related fields serve the public and help provide basic human needs.



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    Health Science

    Health care professionals, researchers and technicians promote health and wellness, and diagnose, research and treat injuries and disease.

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    Skilled & Technical Science

    Professional and skilled technicians, designers, and artists provide for public safety, help build understanding of the world through media, journalism, and technical sciences.

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    Engineers, designers and manufacturers help to solve the world’s problems and help to improve our quality of life.

    CTE Dual Credit Courses

    Through a partnership with community and technical colleges in the state, certain CTE courses provide students with the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for the course, if they complete the course with a grade of “B” or better. If a course qualifies for CTE Dual Credit, it will be noted in the course description, and teachers will provide students with information about how to register for CTE Dual Credit. Note: Students must register and pay a $46 fee (fee covers all CTE Dual Credit Courses) through the Pacific Northwest College Credit Consortium to be awarded college credit.

    WANIC Skill Center Programs

    WANIC Skill Center offers high school programs that serve multiple school districts and delivers industry-defined Career and Technical Education programs in fields ranging from firefighting and police work to computer game design and healthcare. Courses are available to prepare for careers in Agriculture, Science & Natural Resources; Art, Media, Communication & Design; Business, Marketing & Management; Engineering, Science & Technology; Health & Human Services; Information Technology. Some courses may also be available in the summer.

    Skills Center classes are offered at many local high schools in our area, at DigiPen Institute of Technology, and at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Many skills center programs are offered both during and after the regular school day. Students may attend their home high school for part or all of their day and also attend skills center programs to earn additional high school credits at no cost to the student.

    College and Career Centers

    Post-secondary education and career exploration is part of every Career and Technical Education program. In addition, the College and Career Center at every comprehensive high school is there to provide information and guidance to students.  College and Career Specialists operate the Career Centers and assist students with post-secondary education and college exploration, college applications, and access to career-focused learning opportunities.

    College & Career Specialists:

    Eastlake High School
    Carol McGuigan

    Juanita High School
    Kendra Phillips

    Lake Washington High School
    Melanie Conroy

    Redmond High School
    Andrea Cothran

    Contact Us

    Donneta Oremus
    Director, College and Career Readiness

    Rebecca Kadrmas
    Director, Accelerated Programs, Choice and Innovation

    Karen Hay
    Director, WANIC Skill Center

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