Career & Technical Education (CTE)
The Career & Technical Education department is a consortium of the Business & Finance, Family & Consumer Sciences and Technology & Engineering departments. As comprehensive, standards-based instructional programs the focus of CTE is to enable students to demonstrate individual creativity and achievement through the use of advanced technologies and 21st century skills. Through the use of Mac and PC computer labs, authentic pre-schools, culinary labs, 3D printers and manufacturing labs, CTE students cultivate skills that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. CTE students routinely participate in problem-solving activities that reflect current workplace practices and develop career awareness, time management and communication skills. In collaboration with School Counseling and Advisory, students will work to establish a four-year Student Success Plan (SSP) based on their career aspirations and interests. The SSP guides students toward skill development that aligns with college and career preparation. Specific career clusters and their associated pathways are highlighted below.
The mission of the Career & Technical Education department is to integrate core academics with 21st century skills that develop and empower problem solvers through critical and analytical thinking.
- Continued implementation of the Rigorous Curriculum Design model
- Improve instructional practice through the use of embedded formative assessment. Investigate and implement effective strategies and best practices related to formative assessment within course teams
- Continued development of common assessments through crosstown collaboration
- Continued growth on the Perkins CTE Federal Assessment
- Foster opportunities for teachers to engage in discipline specific training and in the collaboration of best practices
Business & Finance
Pathways for Business & Finance and Communications
Family & Consumer Science
Pathways for Health Sciences & Human Services and Hospitality & Tourism
Technology & Engineering
Pathways for Communications, Manufacturing Logistics, and CTE STEM
Students explore business ideas through running an after school business selling pizza, competing to grow their hypothetical $100,000 in The Stock Market Game (a SIFMA Foundation program), schedule guest speakers from various industries, and planning the annual field trip to New York City where they have visited the New York Federal Reserve, Museum of Finance, Bloomberg, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers to get an inside look at business in the real world. Join us after school on Tuesdays in E123 to learn more about how business is right for you!
The College Careers Pathways (CCP) mission is an extension of Capital Community College’s efforts to provide access to higher education to the diverse residents of the greater Hartford region. CCP extends the college community to area high schools by offering students the opportunity to earn college credits concurrent with credits toward their high school diploma. In offering a college level experience to students at the secondary level, CCP courses serve to enhance students’ academic success and independence and to foster skills that will serve students as members of our future workforce. The College Career Pathways program is only available for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
WHPS offers dual credit options in five courses:
- Accounting I
- Game & Web Design
- Financial Literacy
- Sports & Entertainment Marketing
- Algebra II - Level 1 or 2
Contact a CTE teacher or your School Counselor for information on this dual credit, college enrollment program.