CTE Pathways

Construction Technology

Construction and development advances in science and technology will continue to drive innovation in the design, construction, infrastructure, and maintenance of buildings. Our construction program allows students to advance their knowledge in specific construction trades or in construction management.

This curriculum will ground the trainee in the basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, concrete finishing, electrical work and plumbing. Our students will become skilled in different phases of a project from start to finish and have gained the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses to pursue.

Students will cover topics such as OSHA safety, communication skills and construction math, which are a few of the 21st-century job skills needed in today’s workforce.

After completing this three or four-year pathway, the trainee will be able to:

  • interpret construction drawings
  • perform quality concrete and brickwork
  • frame walls and ceilings, and floors of a structure
  • install the proper wiring and piping for electrical and plumbing in residential systems

This program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards; graduates meet apprenticeship training requirements and may earn industry certification and college credit through articulation agreements with community colleges.

For more information, contact:

Jairo Salazar, Construction Technology Teacher

Biomedical Science


is an introductory class designed to explore the concepts of biology and medicine based on a fictional case.

From the moment students walk into the classroom, they are immersed in the mysterious death of Anna and are asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve the case. Students explore a range of careers in biomedical science as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on, activities, projects, and problems.

Henry Davenport, PBS Teacher hdavenport@dusd.net


is the second-year course designed to follow Principles of Biomedical Science. Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection and homeostasis.

This rigorous pathway examines structures in interactions of the human body to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to health challenges within society.

Joy O’Dowd, PBS Teacher


is the third-year course designed to follow Human Body Systems. Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection, screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, evaluate cancer treatment options, and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students examine a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Henry Davenport, MI Teacher 

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Pathway is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills required for food production and service occupations.

Students completing this program will possess the technical knowledge and skills required for planning, selecting, storing, purchasing, preparing and serving quality food products. Nutritive values, safety and sanitation procedures, use of commercial equipment, serving techniques, special diets and management of food establishments will also be studied.

Using Warren High School’s state-of-the-art culinary kitchen, students will gain hands-on experience by catering various functions. They will also have an opportunity to work and get hired in local restaurants around the city of Downey throughout the year.

Upon completion of the Culinary Arts Program, all students will possess a ServSafe Food Handlers Certification which is recognized in the food industry and a CTE Certificate of Completion.

Design & Engineering

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Pathway aims to provide a hands-on and project-based approach to explore how math and science work in our everyday lives. The program uses industry-leading technology and software used in many of the world’s top companies and challenges students to learn and apply the engineering design process to problem solve some of today’s greatest challenges.

Students are exposed to a broad range of engineering topics, including 3D modeling, the strength of structures and materials, electrical engineering, robotics and automation and digital electronics. Students develop skills in problem-solving, research, and design all while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

The curriculum encompasses a 4-year pathway through high school and was designed with a college degree in engineering in mind. This pathway provides a track for success for any student who is or may potentially be interested in the always rewarding field of engineering.

Warren Engineering Pathway from 9th - 12th grade

Fast Facts about Warren’s Pathway

Opportunities to earn college credit in 9th and 10th grade!

Professional certification is available to 11th and 12th graders.

There are currently 142 students participating in Warren’s Engineering Pathway courses.

Former students are currently studying engineering at UC Berkeley, MIT, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, and Cal Poly Pomona, to name a few.

85 students have already received at least 3 units of college credits in the last year.

Film and Television

The Warren High School Film and Video Production class is structured in such a way that it will allow and encourage students to use their individual learning styles to identify and solve strategic problems using visual and auditory means of communication. The classes are divided into two distinct sections.

  1. The first is the state-of-the-art classroom at Warren High School, which includes 40 video-editing bays loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Speed Grade. Utilizing the directing and editing techniques they will learn, each student will produce many unique film projects.
  2. Second is a working state-of-the-art broadcast television studio, complete with a video switcher, audio mixer, light board and all other equipment needed to produce a live broadcast. Each student receives hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment, which is used to produce a daily campus news show.

Options for students after this class are limitless. Certifications are available if you would like to enter the entertainment field immediately.

This class is here to teach you the essentials, expand your horizons, and compete against the best. Are you up to the challenge?

Game Programming

Video game design and development is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. Game programming will help you master skills that open doors to the growing video game industry.

Game programming gives you the opportunity to design and code a game to your liking. You are the creator! Game programming covers making your own world, coding it using C# and beta testing your game to perfection. Using the Unity game engine along with visual studio to code in C#, game programming makes your game world a reality.

The curriculum is divided into four major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, game assets, and modern real-time game engines. You will learn how to design, document, and create your own game using all of the programming skills you learn.

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Makeup Artistry

This pathway is made up of two courses: Intermediate Makeup Artistry and Advanced Makeup Artistry. Each course is a year-long academy-style class that will prepare the student to be competitive in the beauty industry and have the skill set to obtain employment as a makeup artist.


Students learn how to complete a makeover for daytime, evening or special occasion. 

  • Fulfills the ‘G’ in A-G Requirements
  • Classes are held Monday & Tuesday | 3:30mPM – 7:30 PM
  • Classes are offsite, located at CHS/DAS

Taking the skills acquired from the Intermediate course, students will learn advanced makeovers, including fantasy and esthetic, which are used in media makeup.

  • Fulfills the ‘F’ in A-G Requirements
  • Classes are held Wednesday & Thursday | 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Classes are offsite, located at CHS/DAS


The Animation Career Pathway offered at Warren High School provides students with the skills they need to pursue a career in an animation studio directly out of high school or place them ahead of their peers at an animation school or college.


Students must enjoy the following…
  1. Drawing
  2. Working with others
  3.  Problem-solving
  4. Working with computers

Animators can work in a variety of fields including film, television, video games, and the Internet. Putting together an animated feature is a complicated process that typically involves a large team of artists. This class is fun and entertaining for students who want to learn how to give flat, two-dimensional drawings the illusion of life.

The Animation Career Pathway will help students sharpen their basic drawing skills and move quickly into traditional animation. Traditional 2-D animation requires drawings done with pencils and a lightbox.* Students will learn about the principles of animation and the subject matter will expand to include: pencil-testing, scriptwriting, storyboarding and sound for voiceovers and eventually the use of computers to achieve full animation!


*While 3-D animation is taught, the emphasis is primarily on 2-D