Career Technical Education

Explore BHS Career Technical Education Pathways 2023-24



Prior to the beginning of each school year, the Sierra Sands Unified School District advises students, parents/guardians, employees, and the general public that all Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities are offered without regard to any actual or perceived characteristic protected from discrimination by law. The District will take steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the CTE program. (Board Policy 6178) (20 USC 2354; 34 CFR 100 Appendix B, 104.8, 106.9)

Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities: The District is committed to providing equal opportunity to all individuals in district programs and activities. District programs and activities shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. (Board Policy 0410) As applicable, the district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. (34 CFR 106.8(b); 34 CFR 104.8; 34 CFR 100.6(d); 28 CFR 35.106; 20 USC 790).

Career Technical Education Opportunities Offered to All Students: The governing board desires to provide a comprehensive career technical education (CTE) program in the secondary grades which integrates core academic instruction with technical and occupational instruction in order to increase student achievement, graduation rates, and readiness for postsecondary education and employment. The district’s CTE program is designed to help students develop the academic, career, and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy. The program includes a rigorous academic component and provides students with practical experience and understanding of all aspects of an industry. (Board Policy 6178)

The Sierra Sands Unified School District currently offers CTE programs as follows at Burroughs High School:

Automotive Systems Diagnostics/Service & Repair: Prepares students to use diagnostic equipment to find automotive operational faults, document the faults, and repair them. 

Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking: Students engage in the planning, design, layout, and technical drawing interpretation for practical use in cabinetry, millwork, and woodworking. Provides students with knowledge of different cabinet and furniture styles, wood products and materials, and proper tool selection. 

Engineering Design: Provides a strong foundation in engineering and design. The students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, exploration, and preparation. 

Food Service and Hospitality: Prepares students for careers in the restaurant and retail food service occupations. Focus on knowledge of safety and food sanitation, cooking methods, and principles. 

Patient Care: Provides students with the concepts and skills needed toward becoming competent and productive health care workers. Students learn to translate real-life situations into a caring, confidential, and safe medical environment. 

Production and Managerial Arts: Students focus on both the technical skills and the organizational and managerial knowledge necessary to bring arts, media, and entertainment to the public. 

Public Safety: Prepares students for Public Safety occupations including police, corrections, and homeland security. Students learn about the theories, principles, and techniques including policies, procedures, and skills needed in services that provide for the safety and security of people and property and prevention of theft and damage. 

Welding and Materials Joining: Provides students with an understanding of manufacturing processes and systems common to careers in welding and related industries.

For inquiries regarding CTE pathways, contact:
Carrie Cope, Burroughs High School Principal
500 E. French Ave. Ridgecrest, CA 9355
(760) 499-1800 [email protected]

Title IX Coordinator 
Bryan Auld, Assistant Supt. of Human Resources 
Sierra Sands Unified School District 
113 W. Felspar Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555 
Email: [email protected] Phone: (760) 499-1620 

504 and Title II/ADA Coordinator
Kevin Wythe, Coordinator Student Support Services
Sierra Sands Unified School District
1327 A N. Norma St. Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Email: [email protected] Phone: (760) 499-1700

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