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Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.

It is the vision of the Career and Technical Education unit to provide the statewide leadership, support and service to develop and implement high quality, consistent and relevant CTE programs as essential components of educational and career pathways, with the goal of empowering each student to live, learn and work as a productive citizen in a global society. (Information from OSPI website.)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education.

Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.

Running Start for Careers
The Mead School District is excited about our partnership with the Community Colleges of Spokane and a new dual credit offering called "Running Start for Careers."  We know there is a need for skilled labor in almost every vocational field and this option allows juniors and/or seniors to start their training at the college for free while simultaneously earning high school credits toward graduation.  Please inquire with the student's grade level counselor for additional information