Career & Technical Education
From agricultural science to marketing, our Career & Technical Education (CTE) offerings let students explore technical fields in anticipation of their future careers.
Preliminary courses are available to eighth-grade students with expanded classes at the high school level. Each high school also has a Career Specialist on staff to assist students in charting their paths after graduation.
Richland School District CTE courses are offered as part of the following programs:
- Agriculture Education
- Arts and Communications
- Automotive Technology
- Business Education
- Engineering and Technology Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Health Science Careers
- Marketing Education
- Metals Technology
- Science and Natural Resources
- Worksite Learning
Additionally, high school students can take advantage of two magnet programs that offer further CTE opportunities:
- Academy of Health & Sciences (Opening August 2020): This program is for students interested in a health care field, whether that may involve aspirations to attend medical school or work in a medical administration office. The Academy is based in Richland High School where participating students attend a few classes each day while still being enrolled in classes at their home high school.
- Tri-Tech Skills Center: Operated by Kennewick School District and serving students in and around the Tri-Cities, Tri-Tech has CTE courses of study ranging from firefighting and broadcast to culinary arts and early childhood education. Tri-Tech’s programs are open to juniors and seniors in morning and afternoon sessions.