CTE at WAVA
Career and Technical Education (CTE) teaches the college and career skills students need to be successful after high school. In addition to core courses required for graduation, students' electives allow them to explore different career fields and gain skills that can help them be successful in the workplace and in college. Whether students intend to go to college, are working in their career field now, or plan to enlist or start their career right out of high school, the occupational programs offered can combine passion and interests with the skills needed to compete for jobs in high-demand fields.
WAVA’s Career Technical Education program includes courses taught by highly qualified professionals with industry experience. A minimum of 1.0 credits is required for graduation. A sequence of CTE courses can lead to completion of a Graduation Pathway. CTE students also have opportunities to participate in project-based learning, earn dual college credit and industry recognized technical certifications as well as seek student leadership roles in National Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO).
Students in grades 9-11 are enrolled in CTE courses to complete WA OSPI Graduation Requirements.
Students in grades 7 and 8 are automatically enrolled in the following introductory CTE courses*:
7th Grade: CTE Explorations
8th Grade: Computer Literacy and Achieving your Career and College Goals
*7th and 8th grade students can opt-out by choice. (Form)
If you’d like information about opting out, please contact Taylor Kreilmann: firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 345-4485.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leaderships experiences. CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness. By joining, students learn more about careers, post-high school education, and training opportunities. They develop leadership skills that will prepare them for work and can test their skills in local, state, and national competitions.
About our CTE Administrator
Mrs. Krielmann is the CTE, Career and Technical Education, Administrator for WAVA. She began her teaching career in the Washington, DC area, but she and her family have recently relocated to Seattle. She has experience in all grades K–12, as well as undergraduate teaching experience at West Virginia University where she earned her bachelor's in English literature and language and master's in secondary education. Ms. Kreilmann earned her post-graduate certification in educational leadership and administration at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is committed to empowering learners to become independent and critical thinkers and believes in the ability of virtual learning to expand equitable access to high quality learning experiences for all. Ms. Kreilmann and her family love to travel and explore the outdoors, so they're especially loving being in the PNW. She most enjoys being a mom to her three-year-old daughter, Chandler, but she also enjoys reading, writing, and yoga in her free time.