Career Technical Education

Career Resources


Xello is an engaging, modern, student focused program that helps students build the plans, practical skills and knowledge for academic, career, and future success.  

An Award Winning Model That Helps Students
  • Build Self-Knowledge - Define their interests, skills, preferences and aspirations.
  • Explore Options.  Learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich, engaging, student-focused content and lessons. 
  • Create a Plan.  Create dynamic actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career and life goals.
  • Learn and Reassess.  As students gain experience, knowledge, and skills they can reassess and change their plans for the future.
To learn more about Xello at your school site, contact Emily Stevenson, CTE Counselor, or connect with the CTE counselor at your school.

Naviance Family Connection

  • Through self-discovery and collaboration with parents, teachers and school counselors, Naviance - Family Connection enables students to find college and career pathways that are right for them by:

    • Setting personalized goals

    • Learning about their skills and interests

    • Exploring career options based on interests

    • Searching for colleges

    • Applying for scholarships

    • Tracking their admissions status

Naviance Family Connection helps students plan a course of action to reach their goals, find resources to prepare academically, and discover their own path. Family Connection helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.

Career Cruising Springboard

Abraxas High School

Mt. Carmel High School

Del Norte High School


Poway High School

Mt. Carmel High School


Rancho Bernardo High School

Westview High School


Bernardo Heights Middle School



Black Mountain Middle School



Meadowbrook Middle School


Mesa Verde Middle School



Oak Valley Middle School



Twin Peaks Middle School


Other Career Resources

Information for Work-based Learning and Internship Class

What is an Internship?

  • An out-of-school, hands-on learning opportunity
  •  An opportunity for a student to gain experience in their career field of choice 
  • An experience that is structured around a course earning the student up to 10 units of credit 
  • An experience that is designed to meet specific goals and outcomes determined by the business, student and PUSD teacher
  • An opportunity for students to learn about all aspects of a career field 

Prerequisites for CTE Internships
Students ready for an internship have completed one or more advanced level courses in the following industry sectors: 
Agriculture & Natural Resources 
Arts, Media & Entertainment 
Building & Construction 
Business, Finance & Marketing 
Engineering & Architecture 
Health Science & Medical Technology 
Information & Communication Technologies 
Public Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the intern have liability insurance?

Yes, as long as the internship is unpaid, the students are covered by the Poway Unified School District. If an internship is paid, the business must provide coverage.

Could a business choose their intern?

Yes, we encourage businesses to require a cover letter and resume and to interview potential interns.

Could a business require specific experience?

Yes, businesses can require specific skills, grade levels, types of experiences or classwork.

What type of support will businesses have?

Each intern will be assigned a PUSD teacher to help ensure their success within their internship. You will have direct communication with that teacher and can call or email at any time. Additionally, the teacher will meet with the intern weekly to discuss the internship and to help them expand their work readiness skills.

Requirements for Credit

In order for the student to receive school credit, the following requirements must be met: 
  • The student does not take the place of a paid employee.
  • The student must work a minimum of 50 hours within 12 weeks.
  • The internship should benefit the intern in preparing for a future career.
  • Internship should be structured to meet specific learning outcomes and business needs.
Questions or Help?

Dolores Canizales 
Career Education Specialist

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