Career Technical Education
Windsor Unified School District is committed to building programs that support students in reaching their future goals. With the core structure at Windsor High School, the LTI model at North Bay Met Academy, and introductory programs offered at Windsor Middle School, students in the district have opportunities for enhanced career exploration, internships and mentorships, certifications, and early college credit through Career Technical Education pathways and California Partnership Academies.
California Partnership Academies
The California Partnership Academies (CPAs) are a network of approximately 400 programs supported by competitive state grants in California’s public high schools. Begun in 1985, the CPAs are designed to prepare students for both college and careers. Research has consistently demonstrated their impact on student motivation, high school performance and post-secondary earnings. UC Berkeley College and Career Academy Support Network
Windsor High School has five California Partnership Academies with the following Career focus areas:
BUILD Academy of Construction https://whsbuildacademy.com/
Arete Media Academy: Design, Visual and Media Arts: http://www.aretemediaacademy.com/the-program.html
Axis Stem Academy: Engineering and Architecture: https://www.axisstem.org/
Nueva School for the Arts: Production and Managerial Arts: www.nuevaarts.org
Vineyard Academy: Food Service and Hospitality www.whsvineyardacademy.com
California Partnership Academies (CPAs) receive grant funding from the California Department of Education each year for 10th-12th grade students. The funds are designed to support student engagement through enrichment and motivational activities, provide extra academic support when needed, and offer valuable work-based learning opportunities. Like all cores at WHS, the CPA model gives students a sense of community while at school and help them gain valuable skills that will help them in any work or educational environment.
Students can participate in a full CPA program, or take individual CTE courses to explore their interests. Whatever interests you, there is a CTE opportunity to explore it.
Windsor Middle School
Windsor is thrilled to be one of the few Districts to be able to offer CTE pathways that start in middle school, with our Vineyard Academy Harvest program and our SoCo BUILD programs. In addition, WMS offers "Introduction to Professional Theater," an introductory/exploratory class following AME standards and prepares students for AME pathways at the high school including Nueva. All of these programs feed directly into the corresponding high school programs and offer an introduction to what CTE pathways have to offer.
In addition to our CPAs, WHS also offers a wide range of elective courses that offer CTE experiences, including:
Health and Nutrition
Fine & performing arts
Early childhood development
Biotechnology & Agriscience