Career Technical Education Programs
Santa Rosa City Schools has a variety of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs designed to offer students an opportunity to explore career options and acquire technical skills that prepare them for further education after high school.
The CTE programs, also referred to as "Career Pathways" consist of a set of three year-long career/technical courses, which are designed to offer students an opportunity to explore career options, participate in work-based learning experiences, acquire technical and employability skills, and prepares them for their future—college and career.
Santa Rosa City Schools currently provides Career Pathways courses in the following CTE industry sectors:
AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES: The Agriculture pathway prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Students in this pathway will experience contextualized classroom instruction, work-based learning opportunities through Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, and leadership development in the FFA organization. Elsie Allen High School was awarded a 2.7 million dollar grant to update the existing facility to include a modernized shop, computer lab and a science lab. Santa Rosa High School has a working school farm that includes 30 acres of wetland, 6 acres of Chardonnay Vineyard, a pumpkin patch, and vegetable garden.
ARTS, MEDIA, and ENTERTAINMENT: Every comprehensive high school in the District provides opportunities for student to explore three distinct pathways options in this sector: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Technical Arts. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge for performing, creating, and exhibiting works of art. Students will also demonstrate their talents through community performances, gallery shows, or published written works.
BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION TRADES: In the Building Trades and Construction pathway at Santa Rosa High School focuses on cabinetry, wood products, and furniture making. The Green Technology pathway at Montgomery High School provides students with the opportunity to learn about green construction and sustainability. Students in this Career Pathway have the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
BUSINESS and FINANCE and INFORMATION COMMUINCATION TECHNOLOGIES: The Business and Information Technology pathways at Piner, Montgomery, and Santa Rosa High School provide students with the opportunity to gain those skills in the area of financial literacy, marketing, web design, computer applications, Cisco (computer networking) and business management so they can be competitive in the business world. The Web Page Design courses and the Cisco courses are articulated with the Santa Rosa Junior College, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through a Credit-by-Exam process.
EDUCATION, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, and FAMILY SERVICES: The Education pathway at Elsie Allen High School focuses on the developmental stages of early childhood and provides a solid foundation of educational theory and practical experience. The Child Development courses are articulated with the Santa Rosa Junior College, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through a Credit-by-Exam process.
ENGINEERING and ARCHITECTURE: The Geospatial Technology pathway at Piner High School focuses on a combination of land surveying, computer mapping and analysis, as well as GPS technology. This pathway has a new state-of-the-art SPARQ (Science, Position, Astronomy, Research, Query) center that offers highly-motivating tools and technology options. The courses in this pathway are articulated with the Santa Rosa Junior College, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through a Credit-by-Exam process.
HEALTH SCIENCE and MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY: The Health Science and Investigations pathway at Piner High School has a well-developed internship program which allows students to extend their learning beyond the classroom through job shadows and abbreviated internships with our industry partners at Kaiser and Memorial Hospitals. The Sports Medicine pathway at Maria Carrillo High School focuses on the mechanism of injury, appropriate prognosis and treatment of sprains, strains, dislocations and other sports related injuries. Students in both of these Career pathways can earn CPR certification.
HOSPITALITY, TOURISM, and RECREATION: The growth of the Culinary Arts & Hospitality industry in Sonoma County has created a demand for employees with culinary training, restaurant management, and event promotion and supervision. Students in the Culinary Arts pathway at Piner and Maria Carrillo High School engage in hands-on food preparation with emphasis on developing a critical palate, quality food and teamwork skills. Students in the Culinary Arts pathway can earn ServSafe certification, which is recognized throughout the restaurant industry.
MANUFACTURING and PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Through integrating classroom instruction and work-based learning in a shop facility, students learn how to use equipment, machinery, and tools utilized in the industrial technology industry sector. In the Manufacturing pathway at Santa Rosa High School students will design, fabricate and repair metal products using a variety of welding techniques. Students can also earn Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification.
PUBLIC SERVICES: The Public Safety pathway at Elsie Allen High School provides in-depth information about police, fire and emergency medical services. Students can earn CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) and CPR certification in these courses.
TRANSPORTATION: The Automotive Technology pathway at Maria Carrillo and Santa Rosa High School provide students with exposure to operating systems and maintenance of automobiles. The courses in the Automotive Technology pathway are articulated with the Santa Rosa Junior College, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through a Credit-by-Exam process.
For more information about the Career Technical Education Programs offered through Santa Rosa City Schools, please review the College and Career Readiness Guide on this website or contact Debi Batini, Director of Career Pathways and Community Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-528-5472.
A complete description of the Career Technical Education Industry Sectors and Model Curriculum Standards can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/ctemcstandards.asp.
***The Santa Rosa City Schools nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, District programs and activities, including career-technical education. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career-technical education or any other District program.