San Juan Unified high schools showcase CTE programs at annual Expo

agriscience students speaking with a visitor In November, middle school students were invited to learn more about their future elective options at the 2018 Career Technical Education (CTE) Expo.

Home to a total of 30 pathways across the district’s high schools, San Juan Unified CTE programs involve a sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge. This provides students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.

Students and staff from various San Juan Unified high schools were proud to display the best of their programs. Those in attendance were able to experience emergency medical response from the Casa Roble Fundamental High School patient care pathway, robotic machines from Rio Americano High School’s robotics pathway and even a sushi making demonstration from the culinary arts pathway at San Juan High School.

Seniors Makenzie Jones and Fiona Faulkner represented Del Campo High School’s video production pathway at the expo and were eager to share their exciting program with younger students.

“I think it’s really important to show younger students that it’s important to be involved in your school's programs,” said Jones. “All [of these pathways] are great opportunities and it’s great to experience.”

District parent, Edith Gonzales, brought her daughters to the expo because of their expressed career goals. Her San Juan Unified students have discussed pursuing an education in mechanical engineering and veterinary sciences.

“Even though they are not sure yet, I think it’s important for them-- and to us as parents too-- to know what they are interested in so they can start making plans for the future,” said Gonzales.

If you or your child are interested in learning more about Career Technical Education programs at San Juan Unified high schools, visit