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Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) Expansion Continues in AUSD

The AUSD community is excited about the revitalization of the Career Technical Education pathways underway in the district.  The state of California has made a substantial investment in grant funding that has enabled AUSD to implement a “new” CTE model – one that no longer separates students between “academic or vocational tracks” – to one that integrates strong academic standards into pathway courses while also providing hands-on learning designed to prepare students with 21st century job skills. 


AUSD has received over 1.2 million dollars in state and federal grants that have helped to bolster the district’s efforts to rebuild the CTE programming.  The grants AUSD has received include:

  • California Career Pathways Trust Grants I & II
  • Career Technical Education Incentive Grants
  • Carl J. Perkins Federal Grants

These grants have supported AUSD’s efforts to rebuild a robust CTE program including:

  • Expanding the options for high school students to enroll in eight CTE pathways
  • Equipping a new radio broadcast studios and TV/production studio at Encinal JSHS
  • Incorporating the Public Health Institute’s FACES for the Future internship program at Alameda Hospital into the Sports Medicine pathway at Alameda High
  • Upgrading two computer labs at Alameda HS for students enrolling in the Computer Science pathway and the Multimedia pathway
  • Structuring dual enrollment opportunities for students to earn concurrent college credit
  • Providing numerous industry field trips and college visits
  • Increasing the CTE Advisory Council membership

Career Technical Education Pathways in AUSD

AUSD is pleased to expand the range of CTE pathway options offered to students.  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. 


CTE pathways offered in SY 2018-19 School Year:

Alameda High School

Encinal Jr. and Sr. High School

Island High School

Digital Filmmaking

Digital Filmmaking

Early Childhood Education

Information Communication Tech: Computer Science




Radio Broadcast Journalism


Sports Medicine




Save the Date - Cancelled due to the pandemic

Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair


Encinal Junior Senior High School

210 Central Avenue in Alameda

****Open to All High School Students in Alameda****


KJTZ 96.1 Streaming Live Online from Encinal Campus

KJTZ, Encinal’s student-run radio station, officially launched in March 2017.  While you can still set your radio dial to 96.1 FM to hear a live radio transmission airing from EJSHS studios, we are pleased to report that the world is now able to tune into the Livestream broadcast at  Tune in to hear the talented DJs broadcasting from the Encinal radio studios that were funded with Career Technical Education grants.  Students enrolled in the Radio Broadcast Journalism CTE pathway offer a four-hour drive-time show that can be heard weekdays from Monday – Friday from 7 am – 11 am.  Encinal teacher Kevin Gorham, a radio broadcast veteran with a 20-year career in the industry, oversees the program.  Alameda Community Radio shares the studio space at Encinal and operates KACR-LP on the same channel when the student-run KJTZ-LP is not on-air.  For more information, contact Kevin Gorham at


New Biotechnology Pathway Planned to Start in 2019 -20 at Alameda High

Thanks to funding AUSD received from California Department of Education’s CTE Incentive Grant, Alameda High will be launching a new Biotech pathway in August 2019.  The pathway will provide students with the essential lab skills needed to work in the exciting field of biotechnology.  The Biotech 1 course is designed to engage students in performing hands-on labs that are aligned to a college-level Biomanufacturing course offered at Laney College.  Biotech 2, the second course in the pathway sequence, will be offered by AHS the following year.  CTE Pathway Specialist Felicia Vargas is reaching out to identify biotech industry professionals to serve on the Biotech Advisory Committee.  Please contact Felicia Vargas if you would like to join the committee.  Contact Felicia via phone at 510-337-7091 or by email at


Sports Medicine Pathway at AHS to Incorporate EMT Skills Training

Alameda High’s Sports Medicine pathway offers students who have an interest in medical careers with the opportunity to become immersed in learning anatomy and kinesiology as they related to the field of athletic training and sports medicine.  Sports med teacher Anderson Zhang, who assumed the role this school year, brings professional experience working as an Emergency Medical Technician.  Anderson is currently working on integrating the EMT skills training certification into the Sports Med 2 course.  Our goal is to provide Sports Med 2 students with the option to take the NREMT certification exam next year.


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. 

City of Alameda Internship Opportunities

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Teaching and Learning Contacts


Kirsten Zazo
Chief Student Support Officer

(510) 337-7095


Felicia Vargas
CTE Pathway Specialist
(510) 337-7091


Jennifer Medina
Staff Secretary
(510) 337-7076


Terri Elkin
STEAM Coordinator


Nancy Lai
Language and Literacy Coordinator


Claudia Medina
Coordinator of Family Involvement and Community Engagement (FICE)
(510) 337-7190


Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary, Achievement & Assessment


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