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Career Technical Education (CTE)

AUSD Reviving Career Technical Education (CTE)

The AUSD community is excited about the revitalization of the Career Technical Education pathways underway in the district.  Over the past three years, the state of California has made a substantial investment to help AUSD and other districts implement a “new” CTE model – one that no longer separates students between “academic or vocational tracks” – to one that incorporates strong academic standards into pathway courses that incorporate hands-on learning designed to prepare students with 21st century job skills.  AUSD is also focused on aligning AUSD’s CTE pathway courses with Peralta District Community Colleges. 

Over the past three years, AUSD is fortunate to have received over 1.2 million dollars in state and federal grants that have helped to bolster the district to rebuild the CTE programming.  The grants include:

  • California Career Pathways Trust
  • Career Technical Education Incentive Grant
  • Carl J. Perkins Federal Grant

Funding from these grants have supported the following developments:

  • Hiring a full-time CTE Pathway Specialist - Felicia Vargas
  • Expanding the CTE Advisory Council membership
  • Planning the expansion of three new pathways at Encinal HS
  • Building and equipping a new radio broadcast studio and TV/production studio at Encinal HS
  • Integrating the Public Health Institute’s FACES internship program at Alameda Hospital into the Sports Medicine pathway at Alameda High
  • Updating technical studio equipment and computers in the Digital Filmmaking/TV Media pathway at Alameda HS
  • Upgrading a computer lab at Alameda HS for students enrolling in the new Computer Science pathway

Career Technical Education Pathways in AUSD

CTE pathways are expanding at Alameda High School and Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School – with new pathways coming online in 2017-18 school year.  A “pathway” is defined as a sequence of two courses that are aligned, integrate work-based learning and are connected to high-wage/high demand industries.

Alameda High School

Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School

Island High School

Digital Filmmaking (TV Media)

Digital Filmmaking (TV Media)*

Early Childhood Education




Sports Medicine



Computer Science*

Radio Broadcast Journalism*



Bioscience (Genomics)**


*Full pathway to be implemented in 2017-18 SY

** Dual enrollment courses being offered through Merritt Community College with goal of implementing a Bioscience CTE pathway in the near future.

Island High and the Adult School have also received separate grant funding that is helping the administration to focus on expanding Career Technical opportunities.




Career Connection: AUSD to Host Third Annual Career Pathways Job Fair

Alameda High School students can get a jumpstart on summer jobs in March when AUSD, with support from the City of Alameda and Alameda Workforce Development Board, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Their Families, hosts the Third Annual Career Pathways Job Fair at Encinal High School’s gym on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 2:30 – 4:30.  The event is open to all Alameda high school students and will feature employers, internship opportunities with City of Alameda departments, as well as representatives from Peralta Community Colleges, and Building & Trades Associations.  Students are encouraged to bring resumes to share with employers and to get 1:1 help from a team of resume reviewers.  For more information, contact CTE Pathway Specialist at fvargas@alameda.k12.ca.us


New KJTZ Station to Air Live Broadcasts from Encinal Campus

Set your radio dial to 96. 1 to hear a live radio transmission that will soon be airing from Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School!   In January, a transmitter will be set up on the roof at the Masonic Hall in downtown Alameda.  That will be the last step in a long journey that AUSD embarked upon six years ago when the district partnered with Alameda Community Radio to apply for an FCC license to jointly operate a low-powered FM station (along with Oakland’s Poor Magazine).  Brand new radio studios, funded with Career Technical Education grants, are in place at Encinal where students enrolled in the Radio Broadcast Journalism program have been preparing a drive-time show to broadcast on Alameda Island beginning in February.  Encinal teacher Kevin Gorham, a radio broadcast veteran with a 20-year career in the industry, is overseeing the program.  Mr. Gorham reports that his students are ready and raring to go on-air.  Members of Alameda Community Radio will share the studio space at Encinal when classes are not in session and will operate KACR-LP on the same channel when the student-run KJTZ-LP is not on-air.  For more information, contact Kevin Gorham at kgorham@alameda.k12.ca.us


Carl J. Perkins Federal Grant Reports 2016-17

AUSD is fortunate to receive funding from Carl J. Perkins Grant Fund from the federal government that supports the Career Technical Education programs offered by the district.  The Perkins grant is administered by California Department of Education (CDE).  CDE requires districts that receive Perkins funding to publicly share the annual data reports that are submitted to the state as part of grant compliance.  The following reports detail the demographic breakdown of students who are enrolled in the CTE classes, student pathway completion rates, and graduate data. 

CTE in the News!

Congratulations to Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School for their successful launch of their state-of-the-art radio lab! Check out this Cool Schools clip from KPIX, and this article in Alameda Magazine for more details.

Teaching and Learning Contacts


Steven Fong
Chief Academic Officer

(510) 337-7092


Mary Hallford
Staff Secretary
(510) 337-7076 


Terri Elkin
Coordinator, Secondary Education


Shirley Clem, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Elementary Education


Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary, Achievement & Assessment


Adelita Martinez 
Coordinator, ELD 
(510) 337-7117


Laura Lino
Testing Specialist, ELD
(510) 337-7157


Felicia Vargas
CTE Pathway Specialist
(510) 337-7091



Janice Carroll
TSA, Instructional Technology
(510) 337-7000 ext. 7927