Desert Sands's Career & Technical Education Programs

Career & Technical Education Programs

Career Technical Education

The mission of Desert Sands Unified School District is to provide challenging career technical education programs ensuring every student graduates college and career ready. Students will graduate with clear, observable, and measurable outcomes based on the P21 frameworks specifically on the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration.


High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

  • 81% of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93%, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80%.
  • More than 75% of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.
This information comes from ACTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education. ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.


Acquire the knowledge, skills, and training needed for employment or career advancement in high demand careers

Pursue an interesting course of study that will provide the opportunity to enter the workforce with valuable skills.

Receive quality, hands-on instruction in a fully equipped state-of-the-art facility.


Critical Thinking
Graduates will be able to read, interpret and integrate information from multiple sources and analyze the information to formulate conjectures, and justify and defend conclusions.
Graduates will be able to think creatively and develop solutions in an innovative and efficient manner.
Graduates will be competent communicators who listen, speak clearly and appropriately, and write clearly and purposefully for a diverse audience.
Graduates will be able to work with others, including those from a diverse group and/or opposing points of view for a common outcome.


Viable Curriculum
All programs have a clear, consistent course sequence, cross-curricular activities and incorporate work-based learning opportunities.

Advisory Committees
Each program has an advisory committee comprised of industry/business partners, district and school personnel, parents, and students.

Career Technical Student
Organizations (CTSO)

Each CTE program is associated with a student organization providing leadership opportunities, practicing 'soft skills", and collaborating with other students locally, statewide, and nationally.

It is a policy of the Desert Sands Unified School District not to discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ethnic group, age, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, sex or actual or perceived sexual orientation, and other protected categories for access to its educational programs and activities, or in the recruitment and employment of personnel, or for membership in advisory groups or committees.

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