CAREER AND TECHNICAL DIVISION of ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students to enter the workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in the job market. CTE courses typically include competency-based learning.
Our Vision: Ensure a dynamic workforce by fully developing every student’s career and academic potential.
Our Mission: Prepare Arizona students for workforce success and continuous learning.
FLAGSTAFF UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Career and Technical Education in FUSD
By Doug Allan – FUSD CTE Director
The evolution of public education in the United States has included the development of Career and Technical Education. CTE is the current description of programs, courses, and curriculum offered that was formerly known by such names as Manual Arts; Industrial Arts; Home Economics; and Vocational Education.
The community of Flagstaff and Flagstaff Unified School District, like any other community and public school system in this country, has attempted to provide a quality education for all their students regardless of their background and interests. For many years, FUSD has intended to establish itself as a comprehensive education provider, which includes a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences.
The middle and high schools in FUSD have offered many of the traditional and emerging CTE programs overseen by experienced, knowledgeable, and caring teachers. As a result of enrolling into and completing our CTE courses/programs, many of our students have gone on to higher levels of education and the workforce possessing the skills necessary for success.
The students of FUSD have had a broad selection of courses and programs to choose from, which include six major CTE program constituencies: 1) Business Education; 2) Trade and Emerging Technologies; 3) Family and Consumer Sciences; 4) Technology/Engineering Education; 5) Allied Health Services; and 6) Multi-media Technologies.
There are two comprehensive high schools (grades 9 through 12) in FUSD – Coconino High School and Flagstaff High School.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) for our high school students are a very important part of our program offerings. Annually, many of our students participate in activities and competitions organized by Skills USA; FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America); FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America); as well as HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).
In 2004, FUSD became the fifth member of CAVIAT (Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry, and Technology). One of 15 Joint Technical Education Districts (JTED) in Arizona, CAVIAT is considered an overlay school district with the mission and purpose of supporting CTE opportunities for the high school students of FUSD as well as the communities of Fredonia, Page, Williams, and the Grand Canyon.
In conjunction with Coconino Community College, CAVIAT is responsible for overseeing and managing the Central Program initiative for our high school students. Programs available include, but not limited to: Computer Software Technology; Law Enforcement; Nursing Services; and Pre-Health Careers. Students (Juniors and Seniors) intending on getting a jump start to their higher education pursuits are full-time high school students; then attend a full slate of CCC courses in the afternoon. We have seen some of our students graduate from CCC with an Associate’s Degree; then two week later, graduate from their respective high school.
Also in partnership with Coconino Community College, FUSD High School Students have the opportunity to gain CCC credit via the Dual Enrollment process. Dual Enrollment is a method of articulation that allows high school students to take college classes at the high school, during the high school day and taught by high school teachers. Students can earn both high school and college credit. There is no cost for students choosing to enroll in articulated CTE high school courses; however there are some selected core academic subject courses that require a $25.00 per credit fee to be paid by the student.