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
  • Business Education
  • Engineering and Technology Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Health Science Careers
  • Marketing Education
  • Mathematics
  • 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.