Growing talent for the next economy

The Career-Ready Hub 

Welcome to our Career-Ready Hub where we tell the story of Placer Union's commitment to building a robust middle class of quality graduates ready for high wage, high skill and in-demand workplaces. Check out our high school pathways that encourage students to be career-ready and learn more about how Career Technical Education prepares learners for a bright future while closing the skills gap for employers across the country.

What's this acronym, CTE?
CTE (Career & Technical Education) is not your father's woodshop class; it is a series of rigorous courses that make up a pathway leading to a promising, high-wage, high-demand career. Here's the official definition courtesy of our colleagues at the California Department of Education.
  • A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. (Follow CDE and CTE in CA on Twitter.)

June Internships For Juniors
We rolled out a micro-internship opportunity in 2019. Thanks to the many businesses and agencies who partnered to make the experience possible. For a partner list, preview our online application and job descriptions
Check out three videos of interns reflecting on their experience: Laura, Cheyenne and Rachel. And here's a video reflection from Placer Community Foundation's Eileen Speaker. Questions? Call Gregg Ramseth or Tanya Zito at 530.886.4440. 

By The Numbers
We've summarized a busy 2019-20 for Placer Union CTE, all in a single doc. Check it out

Here's the first class of interns participating in June Internships for Juniors '19. They were awesome!

Industry Certificates

Five-hundred seventeen (517) certs were earned in 2018-19! Precision Exams provide a certification that students can use to express what they have learned from their pathway teacher. While these assessments do not take the place of demonstrated, hands-on learning, they do hone in on the key competencies identified by national industry experts. See the Precision Cert list: Career Certifications

Administering a Precision Exam? These links can help.

Powered by Partnerships

Whether it comes to programming, innovation and funding, CTE in PUHSD is powered by partnerships, fueled by relationships. Funding partnerships include:
  • Sierra College Community College
    Whether it's dual-credit collaboration, the STEM Collaborative, the Hacker Lab, or events like the Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW) event, Placer Union is constantly calibrating and aligning with our community college partners. Twitter: @SierraCollege

  • Placer County CTE Consortium
    A Placer County consortium of school districts, with leadership from Placer County Office of Education, manages CTE Incentive Grant funding that is improving opportunities for student through the lens of the 11 Elements of Quality CTE---see link to the right.

  • U.S. Department of Education Perkins V
    The U.S. Department of Education allocates funding for career and technical education programs. 

A partnership with Lennar Homes has resulted in training workshops and paid summer internships.

11 Elements of Quality CTE
The 11 Elements of High-Quality CTE are driving pathway development throughout the PUHSD. Beyond industry-standard equipment and facilities, the Elements promote leadership skills for students, outreach to the middle grades, promotion to the business and parent communities, professional development for our faculty, and more. 

Life-Ready, Career-Ready, College-Ready

Below is the #LifeReady plan PUHSD is rolling out to students. Give us your feedback by emailing Gregg Ramseth: gramseth at 

Click the controls on the lower-left to pause slides as well as view full-screen.


PUHSD has several work-readiness programs. Check out our tri-fold brochure and sign up to help us by filling out this short survey of engagement options. 

A partnership with Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) has resulted in an annual career day with their staff.

Perkins Core Indicators

Our federal CTE funding---under the Perkins V Act---measures several performance indicators. When those become available, they will be posted here.

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents


Would you help with mock interviews? Maybe you'd be willing to host an intern? How about a survey on industry equipment? Discover the whole range of of opportunities---and time commitments---to help shape our future workforce, improve our career programs, and assist our students in becoming career-ready. 


The North/Far North Strong Workforce Regional Plan is an economic forecast created by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. It identifies promising industry sectors, analyzing the training needs and hiring trends. The NFN Region spans from Sacramento, north to the Oregon border, and from the Pacific Ocean, east to the Nevada state line. This region is home to about 3.5 million residents in 22 counties and includes 11 community college districts and 15 member colleges. This dynamic report is powered by ESRI's ArcGIS, displaying the counties involved and economies impacted. Leadership of the consortium can be found here. Also, The following infographics created by the Chancellor's Office Centers of Excellence are utilized by Placer Union to inform program offerings and skills taught.
Advanced Manufacturing:
Health Careers:
Energy, Construction & Utilities:
Business & Entrepreneurship:
Retail, Hospitality & Tourism:
Agriculture, Water & Environmental Tech:
Info Communications Tech & Digital Media:
Education & Child Development:

CTE Outlines

CTE Teachers are using the Course Outline Builder developed by Sacramento County Office of Education. Completed course outlines articulate the course content and help advertise for pathway participation and completion. Course Outline Builder

Industry Days

PUHSD students have participated in several industry career days. Capture their experience via our CTE photo album collection. 

Pathway Cards

Grab a rack card of each school's pathway options and help us spread the word that mastering career skills in high school opens doors to more career opportunities after graduation.

Just Build It!

PUHSD is hosting five Lennar Homes hands-on workshops after school at Placer High. Thanks to Matt Conley, our construction and woodworking teacher who hosted these successful trainings.

Industry Visits

PUHSD convened its fall meeting of its Career-Ready Council on September 26. (Agenda & Invitation) These individuals representing a cross-section of our community and industry sectors will provide year-round guidance as we seek to strengthen student opportunities in career exploration, career technical pathways, and career experiences like internships.

Career Paths

Pathway courses are available on each campus. To complete a path, students take a minimum of two sequenced classes making up a pathway. The economic sectors marked by an asterisk are available in PUHSD, either on campus or within a reasonable driving distance from school.

College Classes

Opportunities for dual credit classes are now available. These are more advanced classes where a student earns credit for their high school transcript and simultaneously earns credit on a college transcript. Sierra College and Sacramento State have been our forward-thinking partners in the effort. Classes for 2016-17 include:
  • MECH 8: Principles of Electronics
  • AAD 70: Intro to Digital Design
  • AAD 79: Intro to Video Production
  • CET 1: Construction
  • CET 3: Construction
  • CET 5: Construction
  • CSC 10: Programming 1 (SacState)
  • AAD 70: Intro to Digital Design
  • AAD 79: Intro to Video Production
  • Biology of Sustainable Ag
  • Chemistry of Soil

Colfax CTE is a CSBA Golden Bell recipient.