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The SMJUHSD, which is dedicated to career development for its students and the community, is celebrating Career Technical Education (CTE) Month.

The national celebration happens in February and is designed to create a public awareness campaign about CTE education efforts that directly prepare high school students for high-wage, high-demand careers.

“CTE Month is a time to celebrate our classrooms that extend into our community, partner with industry and college leaders, and reflect real-world learning that will transform our students into the most employable, college-ready emerging adults!’’ said Career Technical Education Incentive Grand Coordinator LeeAnne Del Rio.

For years, the district has had strong pathways in Agriculture, Arts, Business, Family Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical, Hospitality, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Auto (Transportation). New pathways include PVHS’s Forensics class, SMHS’s Engineering, and RHS’s Environmental Pathways. The district’s total CTE Credentialed Teacher count is 47.

In 2016, the district was awarded a $2 million Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) to help students get career and college ready. The state money is part of $400 million that is earmarked for career-orientated learning.

District CTE courses at Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools will all be connected to industry clusters including Agriculture & Natural Resources - Arts, Media & Entertainment - Information & Communication Technologies – Energy, Environment & Utilities – Family and Consumer Sciences - Health Science & Medical Technology – Architecture & Engineering – Business & Finance – Manufacturing & Product Development - and Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism.

Meantime, SMJUHSD’s new Agricultural Education and Career Technical Education centers to engage student readiness and give students a place to learn new skills has
moved through the Department of State Architects (DSA), according to Director of Support Services Gary Wuitschick. Lease Leaseback contract negotiations for construction services could result in a contactor by mid-April, Wuitschick added.

The groundbreaking for the 25-acre property, which is north of the Elks Rodeo Grounds and east of Highway 101, is scheduled for some time this spring. The centers will have a capacity of 400 to 500 students.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The SMJUHSD does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identifications, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, family or parental status, medical condition, military or veteran status, nationality, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, immediately contact the District’s Discrimination, Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer Mr. Kevin R. Platt at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922-4573 or You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.