Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Technological advances and global competition have changed the nature of work. Jobs today require high-tech knowledge and advanced technical skills. Work and learning will be integral parts of your life as you pursue your personal pathway to success. Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides you with the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to prepare for life after high school—future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.
- CTE Information on the Park City School District Website
- Utah State Office of Education CTE website: http://www.utahcte.org
- Utah Career Pathways: https://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/pathways/utah
Park City High School CTE Course Offerings
Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS): One of only four high school programs of its kind in the state of Utah, the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies, or PCCAPS, is a nationally recognized, Project Based Learning education model. PCCAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow. Students are fully immersed into professional culture, and are provided with opportunities to explore different career paths. Specialized instructors facilitate the learning process while volunteer industry mentors help students overcome roadblocks and provide project feedback. Students learn to drive real-world projects for companies while receiving high school credit. PCCAPS courses offers 11th and 12th grade students skills and industry certifications for the admissions process as well as today’s employers. These skills include 1) perseverance, 2) problem solving, 3) collaboration, 4) self management, 5) effective communication, 6) self reflection, and 7) good work habits. See the “PCCAPS Courses” section of the PCHS Course Catalog to see what courses are available. Refer to the PCCAPS website for more about the program.
Work-Based Learning, Internship Course: Students who are at least 16 years of age by the start date of a semester, and who independently earn an internship position, can earn credit for their experience. The internship must align with the semester calendar in which they are enrolled for the Internships course. See the Internships course description in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) section of the PCHS Course Catalog and contact your counselor for more information. Students will receive a letter grade for the Internship course, and passing grades can earn either CTE or Elective credit. If you have questions, please contact the course advisor, Ms. Adrienne Woolley.
Work Experience Course: Senior and junior students who have a job may be eligible to earn elective credit by enrolling in the Work Experience elective course (also referred to as Work Release). See the Work Experience course description under General Electives in the course catalog and contact your counselor for more information. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade for the Work Experience course. Passing grades will earn Elective credit, but there is no GPA incentive. If you have questions, please contact the course instructor, Ms. Woolley, or your high school counselor.
CTE Pathway Completer Designation
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Completer designation shows prospective employers, scholarship boards, colleges, universities, training programs, and the military that a student has:
- Completed a comprehensive, in-depth, and applied course of study in a specialized area;
- Acquired transferable skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and perseverance through purposeful and meaningful learning experiences;
- Participated in learning opportunities that are diverse, rigorous, and connected to the world of work.
Students who take a number of CTE classes in the same pathway can become a completer in a CTE pathway. CTE pathway completers earn a cord to wear at graduation. To be a pathway completer, a student must:
- Take at least three (3) classes in the same pathway (see the different pathway options for the 2023-2024 school year by clicking here);
- Pass each of these classes with a C or higher;
- Document their completed pathway on the CTE Pathways Completer Application (Seniors only).
NOTE: The Park City School District does not provide transportation to sites involved in the PCCAPS, Internships, or Work Experience programs. Students must arrange their own transportation independently of the school district. The school district does not assume any liability in connection with private transportation arranged by the student. PCHS classes that are taught off campus by college/university staff, for which the district does not provide transportation, fall under this same procedure.