Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways are a series of rigorous courses that prepare students for both college and career in a specific area of industry, often with the option to receive college credit and/or earn an industry certification. The course of study forms a powerful and positive integrated link with all other disciplines. Knowledge and skills across disciplines are enhanced and reinforced through the practical application of technology. A strong understanding of the benefits of technology helps students realize how the world of work is rapidly changing with the increased use of computers and related technology. Some classes offer credit with the College of Marin. The option to earn an industry specific certification is available after the final course in most CTE Pathways. CTE courses must be taken in sequence for certification eligibility. CTEPathways at SMHS are open to all students who have the drive to achieve at high levels. There is no application process.

Biotechnology Pathway

Principles of Biotechnology 1 : Grade 11

Description: This one-year biotechnology course will cover relevant topics in the field of biotechnology. Students will learn laboratory skills and techniques used in the field and study topics such as bioethics, careers in Biotechnology, uses of databases and other resources, scientific recordkeeping, communication of data and the process of product research and development. The course will prepare students to work in the Biotechnology environment and pursue the study of Biotechnology at the college level. The course can be the first of an optional two-year Career Technology Education (CTE) program that leads to a certification to work in the Biotechnology industry.

Principles of Biotechnology 2 : Grade 12

Description: This one-year Biotechnology courseis the second of a two-year Career TechnicalEducation (CTE) program that would lead to acertification to work in the Biotechnologyindustry. Students will learn advancedlaboratory skills and techniques used in the fieldand study topics such as plant reproduction, manipulating and studying plants and discovering new medicines, genomics, DNA studies, proteomics and protein studies, careers in Biotechnology, uses of databases and research development. The course will prepare students to work in the Biotechnology environment and pursue the study of Biotechnology at the college level. The course will include four components, lecture, lab, current research article discussion groups and a work-site based research project.

CISCO Networking Pathway