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Career & Technical Education

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides an important pathway to success for high school students and offers each student opportunities to personalize his or her education based on their career interests and unique learning needs.  At the high school level, CTE provides students with opportunities to explore a career theme of interest while learning a set of technical and employability skills that integrate into or complement their academic journey.  These pathways can culminate in postsecondary degrees, certificates, apprenticeships, or employment.

Many of our CTE students say their CTE classes helped them determine the interest for post-secondary education, careers, and more.  CTE students use their skills to pay their way through college, launch their career pathway, and make the high school journey just a little more interesting.

CTE pathways within our high school include CTE classes offered on campus at Cactus Shadows for Freshman-Seniors, in addition to specialty pathways offered at EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) for our Juniors and Seniors.

Meet Your CTE Cactus Shadows Team:

Kristina Bootz - Business 101, Finance II, Software and App Design I and II

Ben Robinson - Video Production I and II, Digital Communications:Yearbook I and II, Business Management II

Alexandra Helm - Culinary Arts I and II  

Dalton Vanhille -  Foundations for Career Readiness, Sports Medicine I and II

For questions, contact:
Erin Scherer, Director of College and Career Readiness
Phone: 480-575-2035


On Campus


Business 101 & 102:
2-year program standards

Culinary Arts:   2-year program standards

Digital Communications (Yearbook):
2-3 year program standards 

Video Production: 2-year program standards

Software & App Design (Computer Sciences):
2 year program standards

Sports Medicine & Rehab Services:
2 year program standards


40 Additional CTE PROGRAMS at EVIT


For an overview of programs, visit the EVIT website.

Note:  We recommend students plan to attend 2 years to ensure they meet program completion requirements.  Students may have the opportunity to test for an industry recognized credential, earn dual enrollment credits, and complete internship hours in their second year.  

  • Additional options are offered at EVIT-Main and EVIT-Power campuses
  • Students attend CSHS 6:20-10:20A, then bus to EVIT at 10:35A for the afternoon class. 
  • Students return to campus around 4:00 PM.
  • Sophomores and Juniors interested in attending EVIT next year should visit with their school counselor regarding prerequisites, applying, etc.