Preparing students for their future—college & career ready. OUR VISION FOR EXCELLENCE The San Diego Unified School District’s Office of College, Career & Technical Education leads the district efforts to improve student achievement by integrating core academic subjects with relevant and challenging technical and occupational knowledge.

Our programs prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. To ensure a successful transition from the critical years of childhood to young adulthood, we equip students with the skills they need to become responsible citizens, contributing members of society and gainfully employed. Our vision is achieved through a collaborative process for improvement guided by partnerships with the greater community. In every decision made and action taken, our mission is to prepare students for their future—college & career ready.

Mission: Preparing students for their future—college & career ready.

Operating as usual

Mira Mesa engineering teacher, Eric Fischer, with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torklakson, at STEM conference in San Diego standing by the Wampbat, designed and build by his engineering students.

UC High Students Diagnose Crime Scene

University City HS students in Leslie Chadwick's Principles of Biomedical Science class observe a mock crime scene in order to learn the skills and procedures associated with being a crime scene investigator. Students will run experiments with the data to determine "who done it".

Students in the automotive program at Madison HS have a new engine to study. Former Kearny CTA principal, Glenn Hilligas, donated a brand new Peninsular Diesel engine to the program to further expand the students' knowledge of diesel engine theory and operation.

Thank you Glenn!

Scripps Ranch HS and Henry HS have New Teachers Who Teach Teachers.

The Teaching and Learning courses at Scripps Ranch and Henry HS have new teachers this year after retirements. The retirees, Madeline Noaks and Barbara Hillman, met with the new teachers to impart their years of knowledge. They passed the "teaching torch" to Shannon Frey and Hailey Culver.

Congratulations to our new teachers!

Multi-Craft Core Project Launched - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)

Hoover HS is one of nine California high schools that will participate in a pilot project this fall designed to help students earn pre-apprenticeships into the construction trade industries, See what State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, announced. State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Launches Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Project.

Kearny EID Gets NIMS Accreditation

The machine tooling program at Kearny Engineering, Innovation and Desgin received accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworing Skills (NIMS). It is one of only a few accredited programs in the state. The program was supported in part by a grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for equipment and in-kind donations from the local machine tool business commmunity.

Congratulations to John Riego Del Dios, CCTE Teacher, and Kearny EID!

Hoover HS Gets Computers!

Volunteers installed refurbished computers in the soon-to-be engineering classroom at Hoover HS. Superintendent Marten stopped by to personally thank the volunteers.

The San Diego Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) continues its partnership programs with schools in San Diego County. A key AFCEA mission is to encourage students to enter science and engineering careers – defense and non-defense related – since we believe that a strong and creative technical workforce is essential to our future.

Through the Technology Needed in Schools (TNS) program, the Chapter provides modern computer and network capability to schools in the San Diego region struggling to bring information technology to students. The TNS program sends Chapter volunteers to local schools to install and upgrade information technology in the schools’ classrooms and computer labs. Working with refurbished computers from TNS partners such as the San Diego Futures Foundation, the Chapter provides the critical link in bringing donated machines to an operational status at the school site. We work with local school districts to identify the school with technology needs and our volunteers install the computers and the software required to meet these needs.

Mira Mesa Summer Interns Explore the Health & Science Pipeline Initiative

Mira Mesa juniors who took the Biotechnology class last semester with CCTE Teacher Lisa Yoneda interned with the Health & Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) this summer. They helped prepare lab kits that are used in science classes all over San Diego County.

SDPD Cadet Academy Graduation

Melchor Padilla, a Lincoln HS graduate, will be pursuing a career as a police office now that he has graduated from the SDPD Cadet program. Padilla was involved in taking classes from CCTE instructor, Ray Beattie, such as Criminal Justice Careers, Business Law, and in previous school years the Introduction to Criminal Justice. We wish him luck as he continues his studies at San Diego City College and prepares for his future career.

Point Loma HS Student, John Hook, Wins Big at the Fair

Aside from the standard ribbons given in the student showcase, it looks like John Hook won Best of Show for the entire category: San Diego Lifestyles!!!

Here is the winning photo. Congrats John!

Corporate Responsibility: Here for Good | Target Corporate

Have you seen the Madison HS Culinary Arts program on the Target commercial?

If not, watch here: Target's corporate responsibility goals are focused on bettering the future for team members, communities and the world

Mira Mesa Recieves Darden Restaurant Grant

MIRA MESA HIGH School is proud to be a recipient of Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program! We are proud that Steven Hilde, manager of Mira Mesa’s local Darden restaurant Red Lobster, recognized us as a leader in our community and is supporting our work to benefit the Food Services class that Jennifer Kvalvik, Interactive Event Marketing/Foods and Nutrition Instructor runs. Each restaurant in the Darden family – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – helped award a $3,000 grant to a nonprofit its community.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”

Kearny SCT at SIM Center

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Kearny SCT Students Partner with World Resources SIM Center

A world without water is a world without life; our nation is in great danger. Over the years we have crept into a severe water crisis. This is an issue that has affected much of Southern California. Water has become more scarce and without proper actions grave consequences will soon strike.

GIS and AP Biology Students at Kearny Science Connections and Technology have partnered with the World Resources SIM Center to analyze water availability and devise a resolution to end this crisis.

Click here to see the online story map the students created as part of their research.

Robotics at the Fair

Seventeen local FIRST Robotics Competition teams headed to opening weekend of the San Diego County Fair to demonstrate their 2014 season robots in a two hour scrimmage. The teams played a modified version of this year’s game, Aerial Assist, where they played in two opposing alliances to score large exercise balls across the playing field, and gained points for goals, tossing the ball over a truss suspended across the field, and for assisting their alliance partners.

San Diego Unified high school teams represented the district well, with Kearny’s Hammerheads, La Jolla’s Vikings, and Madison’s Devil Duckies in attendance, along with charter schools High Tech High’s Holy Cows and The Preuss School’s Midnight Mechanics.

CCTE employee Jared Olewine was on hand as the FIRST Technical Advisor, helping with field set-up and tear-down, and ensuring teams could connect and run smoothly. David Berggren, teacher at High Tech High, and the Regional Director for the FIRST Robotics Competition, was also critical to the event’s success, hauling the trailer with field parts both to and from the event.

Trophies were given out to the top 4 ranked teams, Code Orange from Dana Point, W.A.R. Lords from Francis Parker, Holy Cows from High Tech High, and the Devil Duckies from Madison.

Overall, it was a wonderful event, and the teams had a great time showing off their robots to the public.

Students show off real-world knowledge

Great article about CCTE courses at Patrick Henry HS in the Mission Times Courier (Mission Times Courier, San Diego, CA) - High school teachers sometimes must deal with students who ask pesky questions, such as “When are we ever going to use this in real life?”

Jennifer Ogo is the San Diego Science Educators Association High School Teacher of the Year!

Way to go Ms. Ogo!

Morse High School Receives Accreditation

Morse HS received their NATEF Accreditation as a Collision Series Program. The accreditation includes Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair.

Way to go Morse!
Painting and Refinishing

Mission Bay High Students are in the Shark Tank

Business students at Mission Bay High School competed in a mock Shark Tank reality show with San Diego professionals acting as the entrepreneur “sharks”. Students presented their products or services and hoped for mock financial assistance with their businesses in exchange for equity.

Students began the Shark Tank project by assuming the role of an entrepreneur tasked with devising a proprietary, practical invention that can be a product or service. They spent months developing a business plan for their invention while, along the way, learning important business concepts from the course outline such as starting and operating a small business, human resources, finances, accounting, and marketing. The class included instruction in economics, business ethics, leadership, management, the role of government in business, and developing a career plan.

In developing their inventions, students learned about the importance of legally protecting their company via a patent, and protecting their logo and tagline with a trademark. They learned the costs associated with leasing a space to conduct business operations. Additionally, they used Common Core staples of critical thinking and problem solving to determine their cost of goods sold, distribution methods, marketing tactics and total start-up funds that would be required to launch their businesses. Skills learned in English class were reinforced, in that each Shark Tank assignment was accepted only if there were no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.

At the project's completion, students created a prototype and pitched their invention to real business owners, just like on the show. This year’s inventions include:
• Find my Pet: LED and GPS enabled dog collar to track pet day and night
• Ispraya: basketball that keeps track of how many shots made/missed
• OnCore: a training sleeve that goes on baseball bats and tracks where the ball hits the bat
• Sole Savers: indoor shoe grip spray to help traction for all indoor athletes
• Quick Button Fix: a temporary fix for losing a button on clothes
• Full Tilt Coolers: sports cooler with an internal slant so tilting the cooler when near empty is no longer necessary
• Culinary Stick: a universal wooden spatula stick with replaceable cooking heads
• Abrupt Bearings: water and sand resistant skateboard bearings
• Sports Tech: laser sensors for marking perimeters of sports playing fields
• D&I Innovations (Product: PowderPuffs): Powdered toe pad for ballerinas
• The Changeable Brim: universal hat with changeable brims
• Travelr: phone application that enables users to find any form of public transportation and taxis

Business 100 is a Career Technical Education course in the Business and Finance Industry Sector supported by the Office of College, Career & Technical Education.

CCTE Annual Showcase of Real-World Student Projects

Students from Crawford High, University City High and Marshall Middle Schools were declared Champions at the seventh annual College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) Showcase event at Liberty Station. The event connects business partners with students and teachers to develop a strong foundation for the economic future for San Diego. More than 300 industry professionals volunteer each year as mentors, guest speakers, or advisors for student teams. The students exhibit products they produce and business problems they solve in collaboration with members of the local business community.

This year’s champion in the High School Team category was Crawford High School’s Urban Revolution project that educated students and community members about energy conservation and healthy living. The project provided opportunities for students to work with community members to learn about science, technology and math.

University City High School was named the champion in the High School Open category with a project partnering the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Innovations course grant proposal with Quench and Connect, a non-profit organization. The grant proposal seeks to provide funding for a secondary school in rural Uganda and implement funds for the school to maintain a marketable tilapia fish farm.

Marshall Middle School students examined multiple questions about zoos in the 21st century and which animals should have priority in the San Diego Zoo system in order to be chosen as the Middle School Champion. Student teams researched, designed and built a physical or digital zoo enclosure to best meet the needs of the zoo animal, employees and visitors.

Additional schools recognized for their projects included: Kearny Construction Tech Academy’s Energy Initiative 2020 with a focus on energy efficiency in an effort to cut emissions and reduce dependence on foreign fuel (High School Team category); Mira Mesa High School’s WAMPBAT, a machine that allows a person in a wheelchair to run the infield and outfield practice of a baseball team (High School Open category); and Innovation Middle School’s 3D printed wind turbine which highlights the technology and physics that are involved with the generation of electricity with wind turbines, as well as the creation of these turbines and uses that power an LED light.

For more information about the CCTE Showcase, please contact Ralph West, Interim Director CCTE, at [email protected].

Save career and technical education programs from their death spiral | EdSource Today

The Value of Career Technical Education Imagine if California schools had reduced student access to science instruction by eliminating 1,500 courses, resulting in 50,000 fewer enrollments in science … all in just a single year. This would have triggered outrage by the media, the public and our elected lawmakers.

Art Attack at UC High

Students in the ArtsTECH academy at University City High School hosted their annual Art Attack, a showcase of student works including artwork, video production, and theatrical pieces.

The event began with an art show including a caricature of Principal Jeff Olivero drawn by one of the students. Theatrical pieces followed with skits, monologues, and musical numbers. The video productions ended the evening for the guests. Some outstanding action films preceded several videos that brought awareness to persuasive techniques used in media. The audience found these pieces both informative, entertaining, and in some cases emotionally powerful. Sophomores featured awareness videos through a Shoah Foundation partnership. The videos concluded with animation, in which students combined advanced skills in both drawing and technological skills.

The finale of the show was a piano solo that revealed the mixed emotions of leaving the loved academy for graduation.

This year's event was particularly emotional as art teacher, Lauriel Adsit, and theater teacher, Belinda Brown, are both retiring in June. ArtsTECH academy English teacher, John Middleton, is also leaving this year to take an administrative position at Lincoln HS.

Interns Create Projects for San Diego History Center

San Diego High School of Media, Visual & Performing Arts students Jennifer Figueroa, Mia Ramos, Lalo Ramirez, and Yovany Hernandez completed their internships on Friday at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Their work was accepted and they were awarded with certificates as well as having their work on display at the center.

The students each created art work as well as a 10-page research paper for the Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse: How the Military Shaped San Diego exhibit. This experience helped students connect research with the real world of war and propaganda and how propaganda can mislead individuals to believe one thing when something else is really going on.

The six-week internship supported the curriculum in the Arts Managment course at San Diego High.

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