Career & Technical Education

Welcome to the Career & Technical Education Department


Rebecca McGinnis (Accounting/Business Internship)
Gary Murphy (
Culinary Arts)
Buck Nelson (Marketing)
Jacqueline Kennedy (
Early Childhood Instructor, Preschool Coordinator)

Washington offers a variety of courses that are categorized as Career and Technical Education.  By offering students numerous and varied opportunities, in addition to traditional academics, Career and Technical Education helps ensure that ALL students can be successful in high school and leave "empowered for the choices and challenges of the 21st century."

Career and Technical Education classes Download the CTE Brochure

Note:  Not all courses listed are available at all high schools - check with your school to see what is offered on your campus.

CULINARY ARTS Download the Culinary Arts brochure

Healthy living depends on choosing the right kinds of foods and using the proper preparation techniques.  Introduction to Culinary Arts 1 students, in addition to learning to plan and prepare foods, will learn the importance of basic nutrition for good health.  Introduction to Culinary Arts 2 students will learn advanced cooking techniques, as well as creative food presentation.

Culinary Arts 1-2 is offered at some schools. This class is designed to introduce and prepare students with the academic and workplace industry standard skills needed for hospitality and food production. The focus is on preparation for careers in industries such as hotels, meeting centers, educational facilities, and cruise lines.  If the school also offers a second year of Culinary Arts, students who have passed the first year will learn advanced academic and workplace industry skills for hospitality and food production.  Students will have the opportunity to complete industry internship hours and then may take the National Restaurant Association Industry Certification Test.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT Download the Early Childhood Education brochure

It's a lot of fun watching children grow!  This Child Development course focuses on the study of the physical, social-emotional and intellectual development of children from conception through pre-school age.  Students will develop skills in working with young children that can be applied to parenting and/or future careers involving children.  During a play-school unit, students will practice the basic principles of guidance and caring for children.


Positive relationships are the foundation of a healthy and happy lifestyle.  This course develops skills in inter-personal relationships. Family Living is a study of basic concepts of personality development, goal setting, stress management, communication skills, mate selection, successful marriage strategies and personal economics.

MARKETING Download the Marketing brochure

Marketing involves determining customer needs and deciding how best to satisfy those needs.  This is a challenging class for those students interested in selling, pricing, distribution, advertising, computer technology, owning a business, business management, employability skills, and market research.  Marketing prepares the students for retail careers.  Students in Advanced Marketing (DECA) must qualify for part-time employment and work a minimum of 15 hours a week in a marketing or distributing business.


One-semester and full-year Keyboarding classes give students the opportunity to learn basic keyboarding skills using the touch-typing method.  This class provides basic preparation for other business/computer courses, personal use and college.


Business Law provides students with a working knowledge and understanding of legal principles.  Students analyze case studies, participate as an attorney, witness, and juror in mock trials, study law for the minor, explore legal careers, gain a knowledge of the American court system and learn to research and present legal concepts using technology.

ACCOUNTING Download the Accounting brochure

Accounting is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world experience learning accounting principles by analyzing and recording business transactions.  In addition to managing the records of a business using automated accounting software, students will learn skills to prepare them for employment.  At schools offering Advanced Accounting students increase their employability and accounting background.


Business Computer Applications students learn advanced word processing and desktop publishing skills, how to set up a database and develop spreadsheets and graphs to analyze data, and how to use the Internet for research.  In Multimedia Computer Applications students learn to design illustrations and presentations (PowerPoint), learn how to use a digital camera, scanner and video camera, and learn how to use Internet applications including email and web page development and design.



Students in Introduction to Business experience handling a checking account, applying for credit, buying insurance, finding and applying for a job, computer technology, understanding investments, communication skills, and understanding the variety of ways businesses are organized.


GCC AUTOS Download the Automotives brochure

The automotives program at Glendale Community College provides interested students at any of the district's nine high schools with exposure to the world of automotive repair.  This program is intended to provide the student with a knowledge background, in addition to hands-on training.  Students wishing to enter this program begin taking classes at GCC during the summer prior to their senior year of high school.  During the student's senior year, the student is encouraged to apply for a position in one of the three factory-sponsored automotive technician training programs.



IntroTech is a year-long class offered to students in 9th through 12th grade.  This course is designed to provide students with a broad exploratory experience in the world of technology.  The course provides students the opportunity to study technological systems including energy/power, transportation, manufacturing/construction, and communications.

IntroTech uses a unique approach that involves a series of modules which allow a student to work in selected areas of interest.  Each activity emphasizes the importance of applied academic skills in reading, mathematics and oral communication.

CAD DRAFTING/DESIGN Download the Drafting brochure

All drafting classes in the district are considered Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), which means drawings are done on the computer at the student's own workstation.  The curriculum uses state-of-the-art technology and all CAD labs use recent versions of CAD software. Students successfully completing CAD Drafting 1-2 may possess adequate skills to be employed by architectural firms, engineering firms or other companies that utilize drafting skills.

CISCO Download the CISCO brochure

This CISCO course is designed to teach and certify students to design, build, and maintain computer networks.  The course focuses on network equipment, design and operation through hands-on activities such as wiring and cabling and CISCO-prepared computer-assisted instruction.  Final assessment entails setting up an operable LAN.  At the completion of this course, students may take the two-day CISCO-sponsored certification test.  Success on this test assures employers that a certified student knows how to build and maintain a network.


Students wishing to take a Cooperative Education class (COE, DCE, DECA, or FACS Internship) must have taken a minimum of one Career and Technical Education course in their chosen department. The process also requires an application and coordinator approval before a student can sign up for this class.  Senior students attend classes part of the day and are employed part time working a minimum of 15 hours per week (this is referred to as Career Internship Field).  Through classroom instruction and on-the-job training, students develop work skills and work ethic, learn how to work with people, develop self-confidence, and earn money while gaining experience and exploring careers.


HCE is a satellite program in the Glendale Union High School District that presents and teaches basic medical science and exposes students to a realistic hospital environment.

HCE is open to any junior or senior who is mature, has a good work ethic and can accept direction from both teachers and clinical supervisors.

HCE is a two-credit, two-semester class for those serious about exploring the ever changing and expanding health care environment.

HCE students will explore many different health care occupations while enrolled in the program, as well as gain CPR certification and well over 100 hours of hospital volunteer credit.

Consider these facts:

·         In Arizona there is a growing shortage of health technicians and nurses, and few are qualified for new jobs, like ultrasound technicians or home health care aides.

·         The health care industry employs one out of every six Arizonans today and will employ one out of every four in a few years.


EDUCATION PROFESSIONS Download the Education Professions brochure

Thinking about teaching?  Give this class a try!

Aspire to Teach, where students gain first-hand classroom experience that will help them be informed about occupational choices.  They will learn from a Master Teacher and have the opportunity to plan and utilize lesson plans in a real classroom setting.


COOP gives hands-on experience and exposes students to the possibility of working with children in challenging careers such as education, health, art, business and nutrition.  Students develop and prepare lesson plans that they then use to teach in the on-site preschool.  This lab setting also allows students to observe the sequence of how children learn.

The curriculum for all these courses is aligned with the Arizona Career and Technical Education Curriculum Framework.  It is our goal to prepare individuals for further education and/or for careers in current or emerging employment sectors by offering courses which provide students with academic and technical knowledge and skills.

NOTE:  In order to be in compliance with Arizona State Graduation Requirements, a student must complete one credit of fine arts OR one credit of Career and Technical Education.  There are numerous Career and Technical Education classes available at each high school to meet this graduation requirement.