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Career & Technology Education (CTE)

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What is CTE?

Today’s innovative Careers Technical Education (CTE), previously known as vocational education, provides quality core academic content paired with job-related skills. This enables a seamless transition to students desiring employment or further education.

WSD3 offers classes in the following workforce areas:

  • Auto Technology
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Business Occupations, Marketing and Public Administration
  • Cabinet Manufacturing
  • Catering
  • Commercial Art/Design/Photography
  • Construction
  • Engineering, Robotics and Technical Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Information Technology/Computer Science
  • Music Production/Audio Technology
  • Teacher Cadet
  • Teen Parenting/Childcare
  • Theatre Production/Drama
  • Video Production   
  • Welding/Metal Fabrication

The Colorado CTE website houses all of the current standards for each content area.

Work Based Learning (WBL)

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is the bridge between K-12 educational practices and the application of post-secondary workforce readiness skills. It is learning about work, learning through work, and learning at work.

Widefield School District 3 (WSD3) will be utilizing the Colorado Work-Based Learning Continuum to increase opportunities for our students so that when they graduate from high school they are prepared for high wage, high skill jobs, and careers.

There are many WBL activities that will supplement our academic content areas and provide students an opportunity to explore careers, learn more deeply about specific jobs or occupations, receive training and resume enhancements, and earn industry-recognized certificates in a career of interest.

As the new WBL coordinator, Kathleen Mena will be collaborating with our Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers to create a framework for post workforce readiness. Each student enrolled in our CTE classes will discover their skills, interests, talents, and aptitudes so they are equipped to make pathway choices for future success. In partnership with the Pikes Peak Business Education Association (PPBEA) Marketplace, students and teachers will be empowered to create an account, search for opportunities, and complete WBL experiences.


  • Nursing and related healthcare occupations
  • Information technology, computer science, and cybersecurity
  • Skilled trades and technical sciences in advanced manufacturing & construction
  • Culinary arts and hospitality occupations
  • Business operations & customer service occupations

WSD3 offers classes in each area; students can enter the workforce as they earn industry certifications or they can enter the workforce after earning an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. For more information, email Kathleen Mena at



Nikki Carter
CTE Director
Office at the MiLL
Cell:  719.205.6012
Office:  719.391.3680
Kathleen Mena
Work Based Learning Program Coordinator
Office at the MiLL
Office:  719.391.3592
Sarah Anding
CTE Secretary
Office at the MiLL
Office:   719.391.3691

Biomedical Technology

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