Design, Visual and Media Arts (Digital Arts)

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The Design, Visual, and Media Arts pathway includes those occupations that use visual art, digital media, and Web-based tools and materials as the primary means of communication and expression. In addition to an understanding of current workplace practice, this career pathway requires the development of knowledge and skills in both visual art concepts as well as new and emerging digital processes by which individuals are able to create and communicate complex concepts in a broad range of occupations and professions. This pathway focuses on graphic design and visual media.

Digital Arts Teacher - Heather Rust

Instagram - @granite_graphic_design_club


Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation (Culinary Arts)

Culinary Arts - Students Cooking

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The Food Service and Hospitality pathway focuses on the key aspects of the industry. Students pursuing this career pathway have in-depth, hands-on experiences that emphasize industry awareness; sanitation and safe food handling; food and beverage production; nutrition; food service management; and customer service.

Culinary Arts Teacher - Jill Enright

Instagram - @ghhsculinaryarts


Health Science & Medical Technology Pathway

Sports Medicine - Katherine Leek


Health Career Pathway (Non-CTE)


Medical Pathway - Dena Hirt

Instagram - @ghhsmedicalpathway


Why Choose Career & Technical Education?

  • Because 90% of high school graduates say they wish they had more real world experiences in high school, and CTE pathways are built around hand-on, real-world, project-based learning.

  • Because more than 85% of CTE students are planning to continue their education after high school, and being in a CTE pathway helps students focus their post-secondary plans which means they are more likely to earn a degree.

  • More than 1/3 of CTE students can receive early college credit for completing a CTE pathway, which not only helps to save money, it better prepares high school students for the rigor of college coursework.

  • Because CTE pathway completers are college bound and career ready!

5 Things to Know About Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE Supports Academics

  • Many of GUHSD's CTE coourses are articulated with courses offered by the Gorssmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, which allows students to earn early college credit while still in high school.
  • Many of GUHSD's CTE classes are approved for UC "a-g" credit. All CTE classes earn elective credit, and some also meet specific subject graduation requirements.
  • GUHSD's CTE curricula is aligned with the California Academic and the Model CTE Curriculum Standards and supports the core academic areas wherever possible.
  • Some CTE students have the opportunity to participate in student competitions and win awards.
  • CTE classes offer applied learning of academics supporting all learning styles.
  • GUHSD's CTE classrooms, labs, and workshops are furnished with up-to-date, industry standard, equipment and materials.
  • CTE teachers are fully credentialed by the State Department of Education and have business and/or industry experience in the field in which they are teaching.
To enroll your child in a CTE Pathway, speak with your student's high school counselor.