Career Technical Education

Course Sequences & Catalog

PUSD CTE courses provide early experiences for every student to gain exposure to, and explore, a full array of post-secondary, college and career choices. Several courses are articulated with local community colleges (Palomar, Miramar, and Mira Costa). The majority of the courses in each pathway have been approved to meet University of California a-g eligibility for admissions.
High School Career Technical Education Course Sequences
CTE Courses are sequenced according to knowledge and skills.  Students are encouraged to complete the courses in sequence, in order to progress from introductory to capstone curriculum.  Please see the CTE course catalog for a detailed listing of CTE Pathways available to Poway Unified School District Students.   

‚ÄčIntroductory Courses (Intro)

  1. A CTE entry-level pathway course that contains conceptsand skills required to build foundational and general knowledge.
Concentrator Courses (Con)
  1. A CTE pathway course beyond the introductory level that is intended to provide more in-depth instruction and exploration of a specific career pathway.
Capstone Courses (Cap)
  1. The final course in a planned pathway that provides a rigorous and intensive culmination of a course of study.
Career Technical Education "a-g" Courses

The majority of Poway Unified School District CTE courses fall under the University of California and California State University "a-g" requirements.  These courses also meet college admissions requirements for private and out of state universities.  

Career Technical Education Articulated Coursework
Poway Unified School District has a variety of articulation agreements with local San Diego community colleges. These agreements help students obtain college credits, while enrolled in high school.  Students may earn articulated credit with a grade of "B" or higher.   Some courses might require the student to take a common exam for credit “credit by examination”. For further information, check the CTE Articulated Course link. 
Exploratory Courses
Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology - Middle School
  1. PLTW Gateway to Technology:  This middle school program is based on Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
Project Lead the Way Launch - Elementary School
  1. PLTW Launch Program: This is an elementary program that empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. As students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science; they become creative, collaborative, program solves ready to take on any challenge.
  2. PLTW Launch Programs align STEM education to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, allowing students to begin interdiscipinary project-based learning as early as Kindergarten.
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