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Career and Technical Education

Renton School District strongly believes that career exploration, career planning, and high school transitional activities are necessary components of a comprehensive educational program.

April 2024—Tenth-grade students from Renton and Talley high schools recently had a chance to tour nearly a dozen businesses through worksite tours to help them better understand what kinds of jobs are available within the companies, and thereby be better prepared to decide what they’d like to study in college or what job they’d like to pursue.

The tours were sponsored by the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department and the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) a nonprofit organization that supports students to graduate from high school career and college ready. Students completed a survey to pick their top 3 career interests and were then matched with a location that best fit their choices.

The worksite tours had three main components: learn about the company, engage in hands-on activities, and learn about different jobs in the company. Companies that hosted student visits:

Students who have a focus in a curricula area in high school are motivated and have a clear understanding of the post-secondary education/training that will further their career goals.

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CTE in the Renton School District integrates the following CTE principles : 

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Link to Career Guide 2024 SY Page
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CTE Contacts

Kevin Smith
CTE Director
Kelly Wildey
Administrative Assistant
Shyla Butler
Administrative Assistant

Megan Farmer
CTE Information Specialist

Thalyia Vargas-Hines
CTSO & Professional Development Support
Woody Sobey
CTE Instructional Facilitator
Carla Smith 
CTE Instructional Facilitator

Ivan Flores
CTE Instructional Facilitator

Rebecca L'Amour
CTE Instructional Coach

Kirsten Thornton
GEAR UP District Coordinator

Nemasia Moala
Native American Education Liaison