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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) is no longer simply wood shop or automotive technology. Today, CTE includes a wide variety of disciplines that allow students to experience hands-on learning and acquire skills that are transferrable to a multitude of future career pathways in healthcare, construction, technology, engineering, digital media, and many more.


    Equal Opportunity Statement

    PPS promotes equal opportunity for all individuals without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, career, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or veteran status. All course offerings are available to students and a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in any CTE program.


    In Portland Public schools, state-approved CTE programs of study provide:

    • Academic Preparation & Technical Skills Attainment: CTE provides rigorous, industry-focused technical instruction and work-readiness preparation that integrates academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum
    • Engagement & Relevance: CTE students receive real-world, industry-relevant, hands-on learning experiences, both in the classroom and in the community where industry professionals share their skills and expertise to bring real-world authentic learning opportunities.
    • Alignment to postsecondary programs & industry recognized standards: Every CTE program of study must align to a postsecondary CTE program and industry recognized standards and informs clear pathways to certifications and degrees
    • Higher Graduation Rates: Since 2011, students who complete just one (1) credit in CTE have graduated at an average rate of 88%.

    CTE Areas

    PPS CTE Program of Study Areas

    • Natural Resources
    • Architecture & Construction
    • Arts, AV, Communications
    • Business & Management
    • Education & Training
    • Health Sciences
    • Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism
    • Information Technology
    • Manufacturing
    • STEM/Engineering
    • Transportation/Logistics

CTE/Career Pathways Contacts

Aurora Terry Hymel
Director-Acad Prgms AP, CTE & IB. College and Career Readiness
Carolina Cano
Assistant Director
(971) 313-4116
Jay Keuter
Strategic Business Partnerships Manager
(503) 916-3464 (503) 936-9523 cell
Lisa Klingsporn
Strategic Business Partnerships Manager
(503) 916-3250 (971) 221-9275 cell
Johana Nelson
Career Learning Coordinator
(503) 916-3189
Anne Sires
Business Operations Analyst I
503-754-3108