Career and Technical Education


John Patton

[email protected]


Gabrielle Bitts

[email protected]
221-4300 x 5411

The CTE department is now in the SWHS library.

"Out of the top 15 fastest growing jobs for 2006-2016, 10 do not require a college degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics"
“Technical positions are very specific, and because what you’re doing is so specialized, you don’t need to have gone to a four-year school,” said Colarusso, who added that technical training schools that offer certifications in technological skills are a great place to get a start without enrolling full-time as a student at a university.

What do you get out of CTE?

  1. Provides motivation: Engages imagination with learning that is fun and relevant.
  2. Allows career exploration: Helps teens plan their careers and preview professions before graduation.
  3. Connects them to the outside world: Hands-on internships and CTE courses provide valuable work-related experience.
  4. Helps pay for college: A well-rounded high school education that includes CTE can make your teen more attractive to scholarship committees and admissions offices.
  5. Jump starts further education with Tech Prep Credit:  Receive both high school and college credit at the same time, without you having to pay tuition!
  6. Develops employability skills:  Encourages teamwork, problem solving, communication, and project management...skills needed in every career!
  7. Career Pathways: Help students identify direct relationships between high school courses and post secondary plans.
    • Arts & Communication
    • Engineering & Technology
    • Science & Natural Resources
    • Health & Human Services
    • Business & Marketing

We are very proud of our Career & Technical Education programs at SWHS. It has been our goal in CTE to provide applied learning academic opportunities for students in a variety of occupational specific arenas. The breadth of our department includes technical, industrial, business and human service skill training supported by student leadership development activities. We hope that student experiences in CTE will provide rigor & relevance for Post-Secondary options.

Annual Nondiscrimination Notification

The South Whidbey School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age in its program or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

 The South Whidbey School District offers classes in many career and technical education program areas under its open admissions policy. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact John Patton, 5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley WA 98260, (360)221-4300.

Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.  The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Dan Poolman,
5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley WA 98260
(360)221-6100 [email protected]

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