Located in Shasta County’s Redding, California the Shasta Union High School District (SUHSD) educates 4,200 students at 9 school sites, and is dedicated to inspiring and equipping each student to be successful in a continually developing world. The District’s dedication to providing quality education is clearly demonstrated through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, dual enrollment and STEM clubs.
With only 27% of college grads entering a job related to their degree, according to a study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, helping students explore and identify careers where they can be successful has become increasingly important. Enter CTE programs. At Shasta Union High School District students have an accelerated start on career exploration through more than eleven CTE programs including: Agriculture, Building & Construction, Business Management, Education, Public Safety, Emergency Response, Robotics, Health Science & Medicine, Education, Information Software, Food Service and Architectural Design.
CTE programs act as career samplers that lead to pathways which enable students to select and pursue a career with confidence. Shasta Union High School District’s Categorical Program Director, Mike O’Leary describes the versatility of the programs by stating, “Pathways are flexible.” Students are encouraged to try various CTE programs with the goal of finding a vocation where they can be successful.
Shasta Union High School District’s dual enrollment program with Shasta College also sets students up for success by allowing them to obtain dual credit for courses. Almost half of District students participate in dual enrollment, and are further propelled into the career of their choice.
In addition to CTE pathways and dual enrollment, the District also supports STEM extracurricular activities and clubs. The District’s STEM clubs encourage students to explore engineering, computer science and coding concepts outside the classroom through team projects and activities like “Project Knight-Wolf” or “Battle of the North.” For example, Radio Club students participating in “Project Knight-Wolf” are working with teachers and local businesses to build and launch a tube satellite into space. While, Robotics Club members are preparing for their upcoming VEX Robotics Competition “Battle of the North” where they will compete against other teams to solve robotics challenges.
While CTE programs, dual enrollment and STEM opportunities are key to the educational success of a District, it’s usually the caliber of the people that makes the difference. Mr. Perez, Shasta High School Principal attributes their success to the High School’s “caring and dedicated” staff. Education methods will change over time, but the resolve and commitment of the administrators, teachers and staff of Shasta Union High School District has and will continue to make all the difference. It is their dedication to bringing the most successful educational resources, tools and opportunities that has built a strong District and community.