Career Technical Education

Career Pathways



A CTE Career Pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses where students explore and prepare for both college and career.  The Poway Unified School District career pathways program blends strong academic and technical coursework, work-based learning opportunities, and personalized support for all students.
Academic Integration
Integrating core academic subjects such as Math, Science, Social Science and English Language Arts with hands-on CTE instruction is a proven strategy for improving academic performance and for student retention of concepts learned.  Integrated project- and problem-based learning is both rigorous and relevant, making Career Technical Education students uniquely prepared to enter both college and career.
Course Sequences

PUSD course sequences are organized as:  Introductory, Concentrator, and Capstone courses.  Sequences are flexible and inclusive, have multiple entry and exit points, and provide students with opportunities to complete a pathway in less than 4 years.  We strive to align course sequences vertically, beginning as early as Elementary School, and horizontally across all PUSD high schools.

Work-Based Learning
PUSD Career Technical Education is committed to providing sequenced, authentic, and relevant work-based learning experiences for all CTE pathway students and staff through effective business and industry partnerships.  Work-based learning is built into all CTE courses.
Support for Students

A key component to career pathway programs is support for students.  These supports include, but are not limited to:

  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Personalized Learning Environments
  • Access to Industry-Standard Technology
  • School District & Community Resources
  • Differentiated Instruction
The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406