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Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education (CTE) Expands in AUSD

The AUSD community is excited about the revitalization of the Career Technical Education pathways underway in the district.  Over a five-year period, 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 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. 

AUSD is fortunate to have 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 include:

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

These grants have supported the CTE rebuilding efforts by funding the following:

  • Four new pathway options for high school students
  • Equipped a new radio broadcast studio and TV/production studio at Encinal JHS
  • Integrated the Public Health Institute’s FACES for the Future internship program at Alameda Hospital into the Sports Medicine pathway at Alameda High
  • Upgraded computer lab at Alameda HS for students enrolling in the Computer Science pathway
  • Updated all CTE course offerings
  • Expanded 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 this 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. 

List of CTE pathways offered in SY 2017-18 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




Career Connection: AUSD to Host Fourth 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, host the Fourth Annual Career Pathways Job Fair at Encinal High School’s gym on Thursday, March 29, 2018, 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 Felicia Vargas at


KJTZ 96. 1 Now Livestreaming 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 Alamedans are now able to tune into the Livestream broadcast at  Tune into 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 on Alameda Island 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


AUSD and City of Alameda Partner on Proposal to Create Community Media Center at Alameda High School

In November 2017, Alameda Unified and the City of Alameda got the green light from City Council and the Board of Education to submit a Career Technical Education (CTE) Facilities Grant proposal to the California Department of Education (CDE).  The joint proposal was in response to the funding opportunity CDE put forward to provide 1:1 matching grants for districts that submitted successful applications to upgrade facilities or to build new facilities housing CTE programs. Alameda submitted a proposal to renovate a section of Alameda High School’s Industrial Arts Building to incorporate aCommunity Media Centerthat will be open to the public and will include a professional studio to operate under a joint-use agreement between the City of Alameda and AUSD. The architectural plans that were drawn up incorporated the necessity of creating a public space that provided clear separation from the student population.  The project evolved from conversations between AUSD leadership and city officials who were seeking to identify a facility to operate a public access studio. Through an agreement negotiated with Comcast, the City collects fees from cable subscribers referred to as “PEG fees.” These fees are designated for exclusive use for the City to provide Public, Education, and Government programming. Alameda City Council approved the use of $500K in PEG funding to match the CDE contribution.  The upgraded studio will provide students enrolled in the Digital Filmmaking pathway access to a professional studio to hone their production skillsAdvanced students would be trained to provide operational support to the Community Media Center.  The CDE will announce a list of applications that are approved for funding consideration on February 14, 2018.  Final funding decisions will be made in June 2018.  For more information, please contact Felicia Vargas at


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

The City of Alameda is recruiting student interns to work in a wide array of City departments this summer.  Apply NOW!  Applications are due May 14th.  Click here for the internship application.

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