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    Helping Students Become Career Ready

    Career preparation is a combination of course work, to gain knowledge in a particular career interest area, and employability and self-management skills such as the use of technology, teamwork, and responsibility.

    Career and Technical Education

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, and preparation for career and college. Learn more about Career and Technical Education.


    To support our students and their families in preparing for life after Seattle Schools, we use Naviance to help our students identify their strengths and goals. We want to help our students make plans and attain their post-secondary goals. Learn more about Naviance.

    Seattle Skills Center

    The Seattle Skills Center is a free program that prepares students for careers, college, and life. We do this by providing advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that give students options to continue to career-focused learning in four-year colleges, or earn post-secondary certification, or join the work force right out of high school. We provide this training through our regular school year courses and our summer program. Learn more about Skills Center.

    Tech Prep

    A Tech Prep course contains a signed articulation agreement between Seattle Public Schools (Career and Technical Education) and at least one community/technical college. A student earning a Tech Prep Completer has completed 360 hours in any single CTE program area. The student must have passing grades in all courses within the program area for the courses to be counted for completer status. Tech Prep is the ‘AP’ of CTE. This program enables high school students to complete college-level courses while still in high school.

    To learn more about Tech Prep, talk with your high school counselor and explore Career and Technical Education or Seattle Community Colleges Tech Prep.