Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students with the opportunity to acquire real-life skills to prepare them for successful, continuing education or entry-level career positions. Each CTE course offers relevant project-based activities modeled by professionals from the field. Stauffer CTE courses feed directly into the CTE courses at Warren High School. 

Why should you participate in CTE?

  • Explore career interests and goals
  • Learn employability and job skills
  • Create a personal portfolio
  • Obtain work experience and on-the-job training
  • Prepare for advanced career training
  • Compete in industry competitions

Engineering is one of the options students can explore. They can have fun while gaining valuable, real-world skills.

CTE Programs


Foundations of Animation teaches students the visual and verbal language of animation by watching and studying classic cartoons. Students will learn to animate motion while improving their ability to draw, work with others and tell a story using pictures.

Students must enjoy the following:

  • Drawing
  • Working with computers
  • Problem-solving
  • Watching cartoons

Culinary Arts

Introduction to Culinary Arts provides students with a thorough knowledge of safety and sanitation procedures upheld in professional restaurant settings as well as a broad knowledge of various cooking and baking techniques. This class provides a seamless transition into the high school CTE Culinary Arts program. Motivated and advanced students at the middle school level are also given the opportunity to prepare and pass the ServSafe Food Handlers Certificate, enabling them to accelerate into the 10th grade Culinary Arts program as a 9th grader. 

Students also gain practical business management skills by preparing and selling restaurant quality food through their on-campus bakery at schoolwide event sales. Other subjects explored in this curriculum include: International Food Cultures, Nutrition, Health and Farm to Table Sustainable Cooking, all while utilizing and maintaining the on-site campus vegetable garden.

Film & Television

Video Production is a class designed for students who love making movies! Students study a film (action, comedy, horror and fantasy) and then create their own movie based on that genre! Students work in groups to write, film and edit their movies.  

This class also produces the televised morning announcements, Spartan TV! Students are taught how to use the equipment necessary to film and edit on a green screen, and how to work in a timely manner in order to have the announcements ready each day!  

Students must enjoy the following:

  • Working as a director 
  • Working as a team
  • Technology
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Acting in front of a camera

Project Lead the Way

The STEM elective classes prepare you for the “real world” with hands-on activities, projects and problem based-challenges. Many former students confess how these classes gave them a competitive edge in college and the job market. These classes focuses on learning how to be professional and to be a great team member. You can say that these classes prepare you for jobs that do not currently exist. Now that you are intrigued, here are some brief descriptions of the classes.

Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.

6th grade, semester long

Design and Modeling

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

7th and 8th grade, semester long

Green Architecture

In this unit, students learn how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They explore dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

7th grade or 8th grade, semester long

Automation and Robotics

Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.

7th and 8th grade, year long

Competitive Robotics

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

6th, 7th and 8th grade

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