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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education prepares students for a wide range of careers. These careers require varying levels of education – from high school and post-secondary certificates to two and four year college degrees. CTE covers a variety of challenging fields that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy. Some of the career fields that students may explore through CTE in the Tolleson Union High School District include:

  • Business & Marketing Education
    data entry, management, filing, records management, finance, banking, real estate, book keeping, insurance, economist, financial analyst, business owner, advertising, public relations, brand management, media director, communications
  • Education & Training
    childcare provider/director, preschool teacher/director, school teacher, school counselor, principal, paraprofessional, teaching assistant, nanny, social worker, pediatric physical/speech therapist, parent educator
  • Engineering Sciences & Information Technology
    aeronautical engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, civil engineer, computer programmer, hardware/software engineer/support, systems manager, web page design/management, electronics, communication
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Preparation
    pastry chef, prep cook, executive cook, food & beverage handler, recipe taster & developer, restaurant publicist, food service manager, dietetic technician, fashion/apparel designer/buyer, fashion journalist, showroom display coordinator/manager, fashion stylist, retail manager, textile performance tester
  • Health Careers Education
    scientist, laboratory assistant, medical researcher, biomedical engineer, geneticist, athletic trainer, personal trainer, physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, physical therapist technician, nurse, nursing assistant, EMT, paramedic, veterinarian
  • Industrial Technology Education
    automotive maintenance/repair, automotive engineer, diesel maintenance/repair, airplane mechanics/repair, carpentry, cabinet making, electrician, masonry/concrete, construction field technician, general foreman, electrical engineer, electronics, avionics, communication, welder, solder, metal cutter, welding engineer , construction welder, plumber, ironworker, pipe fitter, metal engineer, metallurgist, HVAC-R, CNC precision manufacturer
  • Public Service
    fireman, aesthetician, cosmetologist, hair stylist, nail technician, make-up technician

Academic Integration Community InvolvementCTE educators constantly review and update their programs, courses, and curriculum to reflect alignment to current business and industry standards and rigorous Arizona academic standards to prepare our students to meet the demands of our changing economy and workforce. CTE classes develop the skills most sought after by employers. These skills include:

  • Strong academic and critical thinking skills
  • Strong technical skills in the field they choose to work in; and
  • Employability skills of teamwork, communication and effective work habits.

In TUHSD we follow Career and Technical Education Total Delivery Model by incorporating daily through academic integration and community involvement

  • classroom instruction aligned to the Arizona College & Career Ready Standards, Program Technical Skills, Workforce Employable Skills
  • hands-on instruction and laboratory settings to apply content and practices learned
  • career-based learning through internships upon completion of program sequence
  • leadership development through Career and Technical Student Organizations
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Contact Our Department

Director of Career & Technical Education
Debbie McKintosh
P: 623-478-4062

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Helpful CTE Information

Arizona Career Information System, AzCIS, is an online resource designed to allow students to explore careers via skills assessments, interest inventories and profiles, college searches, military options, and expansive occupational inquiries. Students in Tolleson Union HSD use the AzCIS to upload and store documents such as resumes, four-year plans, and ECAP portfolios. With your student, take a minute to log in to AzCIS today!

Arizona Career Information System Link

Programs of Study

    Visit our programs of study page.

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Important Documents

Career Education

Welcome to Career Driven Education!


Thanks to the support of voters who in the fall of 2012 elected to have TUHSD join the Western Maricopa Education Center, a Joint Technical Education District. West-MEC provides students who attend schools in its member districts with career driven educational opportunities they may not have at their home school. While continuing to attend school in TUHSD, students may be eligible to take coursework leading often time to industry certifications in the following programs Aesthetician, Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Aviation Technology, Avionics, CNC Precision Manufacturing, Cosmetology, EMT, Fire Science, HVAC-R, Medical Assisting, Medium Heavy Diesel, Veterinary Sciences, & Welding Technology.

Contact your school's West-MEC Rep in the Guidance Department for more information, or visit West-Mec's website for program and application information.

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