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The Career-Ready Hub 

Welcome to Placer Union's Career-Ready Hub. Check out our high school pathways that encourage students to be career-ready. Learn more about how Career Technical Education prepares learners for their futures 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 new micro-internship opportunity in June 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. Here's a video reflection of 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 year for Placer Union CTE, all in a single doc. Check it out. Or click through a CTE Update board presentation below with similar highlights.

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

Industry Certificates

Three hundred five (305) certs in 2018-19 and still counting! 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
  • 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
  • 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. 

Perkins Core Indicators

Our federal CTE funding---under the Perkins IV Act---measures several performance indicators. Our most recent data will be reported soon by the CA Department of Education and then shared 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. 


Work-based Learning in PUHSD

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.


PUHSD held six 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

Here are a few of our industry visits.

Colfax hosted our most recent industry advisory. Here's a recap, including the Micro-Maker Faire showcasing student work from several departments. photos & survey

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 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

Course Outline

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

Faculty Links