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School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

Career & Technical Education



CTE is a series of classes designed to prepare students for specific career pathways and general skills for employment or college.



Students need training in professional skills and practice in professional behaviors to be independent and successful after high school. Students are also required to graduate with one year of occupational credit from CTE classes.



  • All students are encouraged to take CTE courses to gain skills and experience for employment, college, armed forces, or other future plans.
  • CTE instructors come from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring industry experience to the classroom.
  • Advisory committee members meet throughout the year to ensure each course curriculum is current and relevant to professional industry standards.



DECA - marketing, finance, hospitality, management

FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America

SkillsUSA - trade skills

FIRST Robotics

HOSA - Sports Med

FCCLA - Family, Career, Community Leaders of America



College credit is available for select courses.



Soft skills are behaviors that are learned through training and practice in all CTE classes. They include: communication, problem solving, leadership, time management, punctuality, initiative, etc.


Contact Information:

Frank O'Connor, Interim Director of Career & Technical Education 360.596.6109

Gretchen Maliska, Career & Technical Education Program Manager 360.596.6107