Fostering a hands-on, maker-inspired learning environment.

The Career-Ready Hub 

Welcome to Placer Union's Career-Ready Hub. Check out our high school pathways and programs that encourage students to be workplace-ready. The following presentation was delivered at our first PUHSD @Work luncheon, an event designed to engage our business community in the career education of our youth. Have questions? Contact Gregg Ramseth: 

Be an Industry Champion
Help inform our CTE faculty and assist in making decisions about equipment and program by becoming an Industry Champion. The commitment can be as little as responding to an emailed survey to serving as a mentor to a high school youth. Sign up here! 

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.)
By The Numbers
We've summarized a busy 2016-17 for Placer Union CTE, all in a single doc. Check it out.

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Industry Certs

Precision Exams are aligned to careers, providing a certification that students can use to express what it is they have learned during their pathway coursework. 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 in career technical education. See the Precision Cert list: Career CertificationsAdministering 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
  • PCOE CTE Works
    Extended CTE opportunities are available from our partners at CTE Works, formerly 49er ROP. Pathways include health careers, dental careers, fire science, vet science, and more. Twitter: @placer_coe

  • The CRANE Consortium
    The Capital Region Academies for the Next Economy (CRANE) supports the region with technical support, teacher training, work-based learning tools, and funding from the Career Pathways Trust Grant, a State grant authorized by the CA State Legislature and the CA Governor's Office. Twitter: @CRANEPathways

  • Placer County CTEIG 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 IV
    The U.S. Department of Education allocates funding for career and technical education programs. 

Don Isbell with his Foresthill High students visiting the Innovation Center (makerspace) at Folsom Lake College.

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. 

Virtual Work-based Learning

Coming in 2017, Nepris is an online social network that connects classrooms with professionals passionate about their career. There are live events and archived conversations that can bring the world of work into our career centers, classrooms and labs.

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 

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Perkins Core Indicators

Our federal CTE funding---under the Perkins IV Act---measures the following core indicators. These figures represent last spring's Smarter Balanced assessment in English and math as well as student completion and graduation rates.

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents

Resources for Staff

"Build-it" Workshops

Junior Students: Here's your opportunity to learn the skills of the construction industry, with a once-a-month workshop after school put on by the professionals in the field. Your hands-on participation might also qualify you for a paid summer internship. Toss in your name by clicking the link below. The next workshop is on January 10 at Placer High and will continue through March. There are 30 slots available. See tentative schedule at the bottom of this page. Build-it Construction Workshops

CTE Calendar


Faculty Links


CTE Grant Funding Proposals 
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Blast of STEAM

We hosted "Blast of STEAM" camps in June for future PUHSD students---6th, 7th, 8th graders---and the kids and our high school camp interns truly had a blast. Offered in partnership with UC Davis School of Education, the camps were delivered by talented and enthusiastic teachers with a passion for science, technology, engineering, art and making. Check out the flier and our Twitter post.

Colfax CTE is a Golden Bell program in CA.

Social Media


Career Paths

Pathway courses are available on each campus as well as in partnership with neighboring high schools and Placer County CTE Works. To complete a path, students take a minimum of three sequenced classes, also known as a program of study. The following sectors of the economy may be available on campus or within a reasonable driving distance.

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 5: Construction
  • CSC 10: Programming 1 (SacState)


Visit the YouTube Channel of one of our CTE & math teachers. Here's a sample of what's happening in his pre-engineering classes.