Grossmont Union High School District

CTE Learning that works for California

Career Technical Education connects secondary and post-secondary education to college expectations and labor market demand so students are focused, and ready for the future. CTE pathways provide students with the technical, academic and employability knowledge they need for success in college and careers. Modern CTE is adaptable, aligned with industry standards, college options and is an integral part of college prep education. The success of the pathways is due in part to the strong business partnerships the course have with local industry sectors. CTE - connecting college and career!

CTE Student Quotes

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“What I like about this class is designing a game and having to come up to solutions when something doesn’t work.” Game Design and Development Student-Monte Vista High School

“I am working on a game right now but I can’t get one of my divers to do what he’s supposed to so I have to figure it out. I like the challenge” Game Design Student-Monte Vista High School
“I like that we have a checklist of things to do and we can decide what to do next.”Automotive Engine Performance/ Emissions Control-Monte Vista High School Student
“I designed this piece and someone else made it. I like working as a team on a project and it really shows how things are in a real work place.” Metal Design, Fabrication & Welding Student-El Cajon Valley High School 

"I am so happy I was in the Cosmo pathway, Ms. Munoz was a great inspiration for find my dream job or creating it. I will be interviewing for a beauty advisor position." Cosmetology 2018 Graduate Student-Mt. Miguel High School

"My favorite was the facility project because we had to work as a team and everyone had a responsibility. It was fun to design a facility how we wanted and also learning about health and safety at the same time." Advanced Sports Medicine Student-West Hills High School
Inaugural GUHSD Film Festival

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Manufacturing Expo 2018

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2018 Solar Energy Academy

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On March 2, 2019, Students from GUHSD Arts, Median & Entertainment pathways participated in the inaugural district-wide film festival. The event was a huge success and we look forward to next year. Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated. 
On October 2, 2018, the East County Economic Development Council sponsored the 2nd annual East County Manufacturing Expo. Over 40 manufacturers and resource providers participated in the Expo. Students in Brent Ford and Shannon Turner's AME pathway at El Cajon Valley High School documented the event with a video. Post production work on the student video was done in close collaboration with award winning videographer, Al Moreno from Taylor Guitars.
Over the summer of 2018, students from multiple CTE pathways participated in the SunPower Solar Energy Academy. Through our business partnership with SunPower, we were able to provide students with an authentic work-based learning opportunity in the burgeoning field of solar energy. 

28 GUHSD Students Complete SunPower® 2018 Grossmont Solar Energy Academy

For five days in July of 2018, the SunPower Corporation, working in partnership with GUHSD and Cuyamaca College, provided a 5-day summer internship experience for 28 high school students from across the District.

Student participants gained in-depth knowledge of residential photovoltaic system design and finance. Curriculum units included: Solar Basics, Renewables and Sustainability, Explorations and Economics, and Careers and Opportunities.

The solar energy academy is an immersive, work-based learning experience. Students collaborated on teams as a solar start-up company, to design a residential system. Through hands-on activities, field visits and lectures from solar professionals, students learned about the project scope, design, financial and environmental aspects of the industry.

The internship culminated with student teams delivering presentations to school officials, community members and family. GUHSD thanks the SunPower Corporation, Cuyamaca College, Grid Alternatives and San Diego Gas & Electric for helping our students master solar-focused content, while developing work-ready skills.

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Ethics in Business Conference 2018

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The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Union High School District presented the annual Ethics in Business Conference for 140 advanced CTE students from ten district schools on Tuesday, March 13, at Cuyamaca College. The annual event’s goal is to train the next generation to become principled leaders. The half-day conference challenged students to consider ideas and situations that are designed to help them think critically about ethics in business situations.

The award-winning Ethics in Business Program, which is presented by the Chamber’s Business Education Committee, was developed in 1992 to educate our high school seniors about situations and ethical dilemmas that occur in the workplace. Marcel Becker, General Manager, of Trident Maritime Systems, gave the Keynote speech. Many San Diego East County Chamber members participated in the program by facilitating table discussions with groups of students.

PLTW California Engineering Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Jason Kay for being selected as the PLTW California Engineering Teacher of the Year. Jason has been teaching in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway for ten years. This CTE pathway prepares students for post-secondary success with technical engineering skills as well as applied rigorous academic skills. Besides teaching a three year engineering sequence, Jason also makes time to connect his students with industry through the ACE mentoring program, also known as the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentors program.  Santana Engineering students have placed in the top 3 in state competitions over the last 5 years with two first place championships. Jason has also been integral in helping to develop PLTW pathways at other district school sites. Thank you Jason for your dedication to PLTW, GUHSD, and the students of Santana High School.
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College and Career Fair

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On Wednesday Oct. 11 over 300 GUHSD students attended the Career/Apprenticeship Expo at Grossmont College. The event included over 80 organizations throughout San Diego, from public services to private industries. The students were given a tour of Grossmont College, with special tours for Culinary students through the Culinary Dep. at Grossmont college. As well as a special tour of the Media department at Grossmont College for the AME students from Santana H.S. Lastly, students were able to partake in a workshop on work readiness presented by Connect2Careers.
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