• CTE logo Relevant and rigorous, CTE courses are aligned with industry standards to prepare you for high-wage, high-skill and high-demand occupations.

    Career & Technical Education is delivered in a sequence of classes known as a Program of Study. To earn a CTE teaching license or endorsement in Oregon, our faculty must have industry experience and be approved by an Instructor Appraisal Committee, convened by the school district and comprised of business, industry and education professionals. There are many interesting electives to explore and enjoy at LHS, but Career Technical Education Programs of Study are specially designed to help you develop technical skills and knowledge in a specific area of expertise. Think of your CTE Program of Study as your high school "major."

    CTE Honors Requirements
    In order to complete a CTE program and receive CTE Honors, a student must complete at least two courses in one program of study and take a Technical Skill Assessment at the end of the sequence of classes. In Culinary Arts, for example, students would take the Technical Skills Assessment after passing Intro to Culinary Arts, World Cuisine and Commercial Foods & Bakery. CTE Completers earn a special cord to wear at graduation. 

    College Credit
    Some LHS CTE courses qualify for Dual Credit, allowing the student to earn both college credit and high school credit. Dual Credit courses are aligned with specific courses at an Oregon community college or, in the case of some LHS business classes, with Portland State University. Entering college with credits may allow students to graduate in less time or to take advanced coursework sooner in their college career.

    CTE Classes Fulfill Oregon Graduation Requirement

    In Oregon, students must earn three credits in their choice of CTE courses, World Languages and/or Visual & Performing Arts. Enrolling in CTE courses is one way to meet this diploma requirement for focused electives.

    Here is a list of current state-approved Programs of Study offered at Lincoln.

    Business & Management
    Faculty: Ron Waugh & Henry Hooper

    Twitter @Business_LHS and Instagram @business_lhs

    Mr. Waugh  Hooper

    Introduction to Business
    Survey of various phases of business organization, finance, personnel, production, marketing, managerial controls and government relations.

    IB Business Management
    IB Business Management builds upon skills learned in Intro to Business and will focus on businesses operating in the local, national, and global marketplace. The course emphasizes the integration of the various functional areas of business as the firm evolves from its entrepreneurial origins to a mature corporation. Included in the course curriculum is group work on the creation of a business plan. Key course topics include: Business and Economics; Business Ethics and Social Responsibility; International Business; Legal Entities; Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising; Business Management; Organization, Teamwork, and Communication; Service and Manufacturing Operations; Human Resources; Marketing; and Accounting & Finance. A mastery of these concepts through project-based learning, real-time learning with seasoned business professionals and leadership development activities gives students a firm foundation for continuing business study at the university level and/or entering the workplace.

    Introduction to integrated marketing strategies: identification and satisfaction of customer's wants and needs with products (goods and/or services), price, place and promotional strategies; customer relationship management, integration of marketing into strategic business plans.

    Principals of Accounting
    Uses of accounting data for planning, controlling and decision-making: Sources of business funds, cost systems and analysis, forecasting and budgeting; analysis, uses and limitations of financial statements and reports.

    Introduction to Personal Finance
    This course is specifically designed for high school students to help them understand the importance of the financial world, including planning and managing money wisely. Areas of study taught through application include sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies, savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. Through project-based learning activities and tasks, students will apply mathematical concepts in realistic scenarios and will actively engage by applying the mathematics necessary to make informed decisions related to personal finance. Financial Literacy places great emphasis on problem solving, reasoning, representing, connecting and communicating financial data.

    Personal Finance: College Level
    The class consists of three major focal points: (1) income, taxes and credit; (2) assets and risk management; and (3) saving and investing. All three units share a common theme by focusing on a life-cycle approach to financial planning.

    This class gives students the principles of business formation for corporations and non-profits. The intention is to “connect the dots” between school and career in ways that keep students motivated to continue to explore career interests throughout high school and to graduate with the skills they will need for the future. After reflection on their current strengths and interests, students will explore the world of entrepreneurs, including the trial and error that many business founders find as universal truths. Failure is part of the game and will be celebrated as much as the victories. By the end of the course, students will have had opportunities for meaningful exploration of enterprises that will create excitement around possible businesses or non-profits. In any case, the class is designed to give students multiple pathways to their future careers. The class will fundraise $1,000 and will be giving away $10,000 through matching dollars from CommuniCare. Students will be evaluating other non-profits and determining which ones should receive money that they will have to give to non-profits.

    Computer Applications
    An introductory course using Microsoft Office software applications: word processing (MS Word), spreadsheet (MS Excel), database (MS Access), and presentation software (MS PowerPoint). In addition, students will be using E-mail and the Internet.

    Business Communication: College
    Provides students with the tools that are needed to collect, organize, and present information in a business environment. Students will learn how to use library and Internet resources to collect information. Word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics applications will be used to organize and present business information. Students will be introduced to business report writing, developing and delivering a persuasive presentation, and electronic methods for team-based communication


    Computer Science Tech

    Faculty: Ranjani Krishnan

    On the web as Krishnan mathematics

    Ms. Krishnan



    This introductory Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a semester long class with no prerequisites. This course explores basic computational thinking and programming concepts through project based learning. The class uses SNAP! or Scratch, a visual block-based programming language, to introduce students to coding for the first time. If the SNAP! curriculum is completed, the class transitions to an industry standard text-based programming language called Python. Computer science professionals partner with the teacher to help you with assignments and demonstrate what it is like to work in the CS industry.


    Study the principles of game design as you create a concept for board or card games. Use software programs like Game Maker (and if time permits, Unity) to create 2D games that have learning outcomes such as teaching vocabulary, skills, ideas or concepts from any subject you have studied or are still studying (Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Economics, Music, Art, etc.). This CTE class is structured like a real world work environment where students are expected to work in teams, meet strict deadlines, and put forth their best efforts.



    Learn about 3D design, modeling and printing. We will take a product from concept to a final 3D printed object. We will explore 3D rendering with tools like Tinkercad and Fusion 360 and also cover 3D printing. We will work to together to design pieces for fit and build with material tolerances in mind. This CTE class is structured like a real world work environment where students are expected to work in teams, meet strict deadlines, and put forth their best efforts.


    Design and Applied Arts

    Faculty: Addy Kessler

    On the web as Cardinal Clay and Instagram @cardinalclay

    Ms. Kessler

    The Art of Product Design 1-2

    This project based course explores form, function and aesthetics. Students will learn about a broad range of design related careers and gain an understanding for the impact and influence that craft and design can have on the world. Students will create prototypes as well as a final product for each design challenge. Class sessions are primarily workshop based and include hands-on activities, group discussion, demonstrations, and slide-presentations to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include identifying consumer needs, investigating problems in design, refining ideas, material use, design for production and manufacturing, production costs and retail pricing. We will explore a variety of materials and techniques such as: leathercraft, woodworking, hand and machine sewing, textile weaving/dyeing/printing, garment design, mold making and casting. We will meet with local designers and visit a variety of local production facilities to learn about their process and products. We will also take regularly scheduled visits to the Portland Art Museum for guided tours of exhibits that relate to the topics we are covering in class.

    The Art of Product Design 3-4

    Delve deeper into the world of design and your personal aesthetics. Advanced shoe making, garment making, woodworking and leathercraft skills will be explored. In addition to assigned projects, students will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas through supported independent projects. Class sessions are primarily workshop based and include hands-on activities, group discussion, demonstrations, and slide-presentations to reinforce the key ideas. This course pairs well with the IB Multidisciplinary Visual Arts course and prepares students for college study in Visual Arts, Product Design and Industrial Design. We will meet with local designers and visit a variety of local production facilities to learn about their process and products. We will also take regularly scheduled visits to the Portland Art Museum for guided tours of exhibits that relate to the topics we are covering in class.

    Ceramics and Mixed Media Studio 3-4
    Ceramics is a supported independent study course. Students work to develop a personal portfolio of work. This course provides in-depth exploration of communication, self-expression and creative problem-solving through utilitarian, sculptural and painterly forms of ceramics. Students will increase their repertoire of forming and surface design techniques. Coursework will focus on students developing personal units of study that begin with academic research into the history, criticism, aesthetics, and technical aspects of a specific artist or culture historic or contemporary. Maintaining an Investigational Workbook that documents this work is essential. Students will complete 2 units of study per quarter. Students will continue to increase experience with high temperature glazes and mixed media. Students may elect to continue work in warm glass, mosaic, paper, encaustic, and found object mixed media work. Students will assist in management of all aspects of the studio environment including clay preparation, recycling, kiln operation, glaze preparation, glass preparation, and general organization of all work areas.

    Ceramics and Mixed Media Studio 5-6
    This class provides in-depth exploration of communication, self-expression and creative problem-solving through utilitarian, sculptural and painterly forms of ceramics. Students will increase their repertoire of forming and surface design techniques. Early coursework will focus on traditional genres (still life, landscape and portraiture) and increasing experience with high temperature and mixed media glazing. More advanced students will develop personal imagery and an individual aesthetic based upon individual research in Ceramics history and multicultural arts traditions. Students are required to keep a journal that relates directly to their studio research in history, concepts, techniques and processes. Introduction to warm glass, mosaic, paper, basketry, and found object mixed media work will be included.

    Hospitality & Tourism-Culinary Arts
    Faculty: Melanie Hammericksen

    Chef Hammericksen

    Introduction to Culinary Arts
    Besides learning nutritious recipes, students also learn kitchen safety, how to read a recipe, how to measure ingredients, as well as the importance of a clean kitchen. Learn your way around a home kitchen (your family will enjoy your homework), then compare and contrast the requirements for a commercial kitchen. Lectures from food industry professionals and field trips to food carts, restaurants and farms offer students insight into the many aspects of the culinary world. Students will also examine food’s role in society as well as the "eat local” and “slow food” movements. An independent project will require you to apply your new knowledge and skills in a real world setting. Examples might include drafting a plan for your own food business, creating a cookbook, developing a world hunger relief project, writing a food blog, or preparing the menu and cooking for a major event. Within the first two weeks of the course all students learn kitchen safety and sanitation practices in order to obtain their Multnomah County Food Handler’s Card ($10 fee required). Cooking lab dress code will comply with industry practices (long pants, closed toed shoes, hairnet for long hair, etc.).

    World Cuisine
    This course will introduce students to International Cuisines, focusing on indigenous foods, cultural and religious influences and historical events. A technical and scientific approach to flavor profiles is used. The students will build a professional palate through sensory experience of new ingredients and flavor combinations and by using cooking methods practiced by each ethnic group visited.

    Commercial Foods & Bakery
    Develop skills for both the Heart of the House (basic culinary skills and sanitation) and Front of the House (management of Lincoln Coffee Cart)in this yearlong intermediate level culinary course. Get a taste of what it takes for a café or bakery to function successfully. Our focus will be on bakery items like quick breads, yeast breads, pies, fine pastries, cookies and cakes. Emphasis will be placed on seasonal menu development, recipe testing in the culinary lab and preparing food for sale at the Lincoln Coffee Cart and catered events. Your friends and teachers will literally eat your homework! (too cheesy?) Advanced students have the option of completing barista training and interning at the Coffee Cart. Prerequisites are Introduction to Culinary Arts & World Cuisine. Food Handlers card required. 


    Media Studies/Mass Communications
    Faculty: Mary Rechner and Emily Hensley



    Instagram @BeyondTheFlock and @CardinalTimes


    Ms. Rechner    Ms. Hensley


    Credit: 1

    Grade: 9-12

    Prerequisite:  none

    Graduation Requirement in: Arts/CTE/Elective

    May be repeated for credit: No

    Students will learn foundational skills preparing them to write articles to be published in the online version of The Cardinal Times (and possibly the print version as well.) Students will learn how to think critically about various forms of media, the ethics of journalism, what makes a story worth telling (news values), how to cover a story, how to interview sources, and how to write various kinds of journalism, including but not limited to: breaking news, investigative stories, profiles, editorials, think pieces, sports coverage, and arts and culture stories. Students will also learn how to revise and edit, use digital and social media, and work as a team.

    For students who choose to go on, these foundational skills will prepare them to take Advanced Mass Communications where they will work on Lincoln’s newspaper, The Cardinal Times, or Lincoln’s magazine, Beyond the Flock. 



    Credit: 1

    Grade: 10-12

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Mass Communications

    Graduation Requirement in: Arts/CTE/Elective

    May be repeated for credit: Yes

    Students who have previously completed Mass Communications are eligible to take Advanced Communications. In this hands-on course, students will produce high quality journalism and will be provided a real world experience in regularly writing and publishing on a deadline. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in writing about sports, music, politics, fashion, health, or other topics of their choice, as well as the opportunity to specialize in photography, design, writing, or marketing. 

    Advanced Communications students will choose to work primarily on either the magazine, Beyond the Flock, or the newspaper, The Cardinal Times. In both cases students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams as well as the opportunity to take on leadership roles, such as section editor or editor-in-chief.


    Credit: 1

    Grade: 9-12

    Prerequisite: none, though Mass Communications, Photography or Graphic Design encouraged

    Graduation Requirement in: Arts/CTE/Elective

    May be repeated for credit: Yes

    This class is responsible for creating the Lincoln Cardinal Yearbook. Students will broaden their knowledge of design, graphics applications, and photography. They will create and publish specific pages of the yearbook. In addition, students will learn the processes, purposes,  ethics, and responsibilities of journalism. Yearbook Publications 1-2 is a prerequisite for becoming a group leader or editor the following year.

    This course requires basic knowledge of computer operations; it also requires self-motivation, ethics, interest in digital media and an ability to work well in groups. Because of print deadlines, a full-year commitment is also required (you cannot drop the class once pages have been assigned).  

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