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Career and Technical Education

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of careers. These careers require varying levels of education – from high school and postsecondary certificates to two and four year college degrees. CTE covers a variety of challenging field that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy.

TUHSD CTE Program Offerings


Business Marketing and Management
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Communication and Information Systems
Health Services and Resources
Human Services and Resources
Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering
West-MEC

Welcome to Career Driven Education!

West-MEC

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.


Career Based Learning

CTE 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 thinkAcademic Integration Community Involvementing 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

Contact Our Department

CTEDirector of Career and Techinal Education
Debbie McKintosh
623-478-4062


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Helpful CTE Information

Arizona Career Information System Link

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!



Programs of Study

    Visit our programs of study page.



Important Documents