The West Shore Career-Technical Education District offers the programs listed in this catalog to students of the Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake school districts. These offerings include a continuum of career-focused programs providing students with multiple routes to full-time or part-time employment, college, technical school, or military.
West Shore, in collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College, offers Tech Prep programs as an educational option for students who wish to link their last two years of high school education with a two-year associate degree technology program at Cuyahoga Community College. Students enrolled in a Tech Prep programs can earn up to six semester hours toward a degree at Cuyahoga Community College.
TECH PREP WILL HELP STUDENTS . . .
GET A GREAT JOB
TRANSITION INTO A TWO-YEAR OR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAM
EARN AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE
Within the program clusters, career pathways help students prepare for a wide range of educational opportunities. Career-focused instruction gives students opportunities to explore careers through work-based learning. Career pathways also enable students to choose courses and experiences that will help them prepare for postsecondary or higher education.
CAREER PATHWAYS WILL HELP STUDENTS...
MAKE APPROPRIATE CAREER DECISIONS
FOCUS ON CAREER GOALS
SELECT COURSES AND EXPERIENCES LEADING TO THESE GOALS
Career pathways prepare students with a broad range of academic, employability, and technical skills. Rapidly changing job markets and new technologies require individuals to have broad-based skills that transfer to a wide variety of work settings, as well as high levels of thinking and interpersonal skills.
Career pathways include instruction that supports meaningful learning. Developments in the field of cognitive science suggest learning is most effective when it takes place in a real-life context. Career pathways instruction provides important workplace context that deepens student understanding of both the academic and technical content being taught. This type of contextual instruction enriches the learning process.