CTE and Work-Based Learning

Discover your path!

Students work on an electric car.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with the academic knowledge and technical skills they need to gain entry into high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand industries. 
CTE offers work-based learning experiences with hands-on learning with real-world scenarios to prepare students for the workforce or college.


CTE Programs and Pathways

Each pathway provides students the ability to earn college credit, industry credentials, and gain experience through work-based learning. Learn more about the CTE programs below here.

  • ACE (Alternative Cooperation Education)
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Aviation
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business & Marketing
  • Computer Science
  • Culinary and Hospitality
  • Design and Multimedia Arts
  • Digital Media and Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering (STEM)
  • Healthcare
  • Interior and Fashion Design
  • Networking and Cybersecurity
  • Manufacturing


Work-Based Learning -  Go Beyond!

  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Job Shadows
  • Paid work
  • Volunteerism
  • Monitored chat rooms

Xello gives high school students a chance to explore careers and industries by connecting them with local employers and community members.

  • Students: Login to Xello to see work-based learning opportunities.
  • Industry Partners: Find out here how you can engage with students and offer work-based learning opportunities.

Apply for student internships and apprenticeships

Sophomores and juniors can apply for internships, which take place during
the students' junior or senior year. Students may earn five to 10 elective credits.

PSD videos - see work-based learning in action!


Career Pathways Program though FRCC

High school students may enroll in career and technical education programs at Front Range Community College through Career Pathways, a program funded by PSD and Thompson Valley School District. Students earn high school credit with the option to earn college credit.

Tuition is paid by PSD, but students pay their own program fees. Most classes are held at FRCC. Transportation is provided.

Classes offered:

  • Automotive Technology & Service
  • Medical Careers Exploration
  • Welding & Metal Fabrication

Find more information on the FRCC Career Pathways Program web page.




Contact Information

Career and Technical Education Coordinator
Tanya Alcaraz | 970-490-3652 | talcaraz@psdschools.org


Work-Based Learning Coordinators

Centennial HS - Kelly Kappel | kkappel@psdschools.org

Fort Collins HS - Pamela Davidson | pdavidso@psdschools.org

Fossil Ridge HS -Terra Thiebaut | tthiebau@psdschools.org

Polaris - Kelly Kappel | kkappel@psdschools.org

Poudre Global A. - Kelly Kappel | kkappel@psdschools.org

Poudre HS - Wendy Tomaschow| wtomasch@psdschools.org

Rocky Mountain HS - Robert Papp | rpapp@psdschools.org