Career Technical Education
Relevant Education for a Lifetime
Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. Every pathway has courses available for students of every grade level, and many include capstone projects for juniors or seniors to showcase their growth over the course of their education.
CTE Programs Available at Downey High School
Downey MADE Pathways are made up of 3-4 CTE courses. The last course in the pathway is the capstone, which often culminates in an industry certificate.
Business classes prepare students for college and their future as business leaders. Many Business classes are project-based, taught in computer labs using 21st century global business desktop and cloud software, including additional platforms. Students develop core skills across an array of subjects including: Small Business Concepts, Personal Finance, Real Estate Principles, Computer Applications, International Business, and PLTW Introduction to Computer Science. These training courses prepare students for college and the business world. Students learn several real-world skills such as: how to run a business, how to manage finances, earn real-world I.T. Certifications, how to engineer mobile games and Apps for Android and Apple devices, understand today’s dynamic Real Estate markets, and earn college credit by taking articulated business classes.
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The course will cover the photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, exposure and lighting, and explore the history of photography. Students will be introduced to Photoshop and learn how to organize, archive, and optimize their images for web, print, or display purposes; they will also creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society.
Digital Imaging is an introductory course that provides students with a broad set of technical skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator while maintaining a fine arts approach and focus. The course will introduce how to work with basic vector and raster-based images while emphasizing individual creativity. Formal design standards and principles will be emphasized along with creative problem solving, experimentation, and personal expression. Digital Imaging will emphasize the commercial aspects of developing an idea, creating a unique artwork through use of various software, and marketing themselves for college and career opportunities.
This course is designed for students who desire to gain skills and knowledge to obtain entry-level finance positions in small and medium size businesses. Students will learn that the financial industry encompasses a wide range of businesses dealing with lending, investing, insuring, money management, and more.
Students will experience planned spending, buying decisions, and management credit. The class will include classroom instruction and on-the-job training at local businesses in the financial services industry. Students can be certified in the area of customer service by Southwest Airlines Professional Communication program. The certification validates the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively, think critically, and work with others. The result is an employee with greater interpersonal skills and customer service
Food Science, Dietetics & Nutrition
Foundations of Law
Multimedia Video Production
In this hands-on, project-based course, students learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a visual story. They will use professional video editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro. Topics explored include non-linear editing, aesthetic aspects of camera work, the production process, and digital video camera. Students have the opportunity to work on projects individually and as part of a group. In the second year Capstone course students will dive deeper into topics such as scriptwriting, cinematography, producing, and directing.
Principals in Education
Students will receive entry-level teaching in the field of child care, nursery school occupations, and careers in teaching. The course will include both classroom instruction and on-the-job training, in public and private day care, and/or school facilities. Students may enroll in Careers in Education for a maximum of four semesters.
Retail Marketing students have the opportunity to learn and develop retail skills needed to work in local stores. Also about promotion, price planning, selling, financing, distribution, marketing information management, and product and service management. The course will also provide instruction in basic marketing concepts, the global economy, risk management, and e-commerce.
Video Game Development & Programming
Why should you participate in CTE?
- To explore career interests and goals
- To learn employability and job skills
- To create a personal portfolio
- To obtain work experience and on-the-job-training
- To prepare for advanced career training
- To receive high school credits
- To compete in industry competitions
What this means for parents…
Your student will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to successfully transition from school to career and beyond.
According to the Department of Labor, statistics show that skilled trade people can earn more money than people with master’s degrees. We believe that by integrating career technical education into the academic curriculum, students will see the connection and value between an education and career technical training.
Ultimately, students will be able to pursue rewarding and well-paying jobs and/or continue their education in college or a technical school.