Career and Technical Education (CTE)2023-02-05T13:35:26-08:00

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Program Areas
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Students Enrolled in CTE Classes

The Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) aims to prepare students for opportunities after high school graduation. Our primary goal is to increase the percentage of Chehalis students going on to earn college degrees and certifications from 20 percent to 60 percent.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is key to this goal because, like STEM, CTE classes give our students great options that lead toward career pathways.


CTE Program Areas at W.F. West

  • Agriculture

  • Business & Marketing

  • Family & Consumer Sciences

  • Health Sciences

  • Skilled & Technical Sciences

  • STEM

Students in Career and Technical Education programs graduate at a significantly higher percentage rate than the national average. CTE provides relevant, real-world learning opportunities that capture students’ attention and commitment to completion.

Dr. Christine Moloney, Superintendent

CTE provides students an opportunity to choose a unique path that complements their talents and interests. Our courses and teachers prepare them with the knowledge and skills that are valued in college, work, and life.

Rick Goble, Director of Student Achievement
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District Plan

In October, CTE Director Christine Voelker presented an overview of the current CTE Program and outlined the CTE District Plan for the current school year to the school board. This plan was developed with the CTE Program Advisory Committees and the General Advisory Council. It was approved by the Chehalis School District Board of Directors.

You can find the plan here​.

Advisory committees advise, assist, and provide support and advocacy for quality CTE programs. Members have the opportunity to learn more about the CTE program, increase their understanding of the job market, employers’ needs, and community opportunities. Committee members, and others interested in the Chehalis CTE program, receive monthly updates in a digital newsletter.

Chehalis CTE

Career Pathways
CTE classes fall into one of 16 “career clusters.” A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products. Within each cluster, there are pathways that correspond to a collection of courses and training opportunities to prepare students for a chosen career.

CTE Pathways to Centralia College

High School and Beyond

The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement for every student. It’s a process for students, parents, and teachers to guide students through high school and think about their future. Plans are personalized and designed to help students set, visualize, and work to achieve goals.

To learn more about the High School and Beyond Plans, contact the counseling center at W.F. West High School

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