All students should graduate from high school ready for college and career. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an education system that combines rigorous academic classes with industry-specific knowledge and skills to prepare students both for direct entry into industry sectors and post-secondary education. CTE programs offer students the opportunity to explore various career options and then put in place the classes and experiences they need to succeed in the career of their choice.

CTE Educator Resources

K12 Strong Workforce Grants

In summer 2018, the California legislature introduced the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) as an ongoing statewide funding opportunity. It is designed to support K–12 local education agencies (LEAs) in creating, improving, and expanding career technical education (CTE) courses, course sequences, programs of study, and pathways for students transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education to living-wage employment.

Please find information about San Mateo County's Grants and K12 Stong Workforce Resources below.

Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm

Traditionally, when students U.S. weigh their educational choices after high school, they consider the college they attend more important than the major they study and the career they choose. This helps us understand why many college students take a few semesters to settle on a major, why the U.S. has the largest college drop-out rate in the developed world, and why so many graduates end up in unfulfilling careers.

Get Focused...Stay Focused! is a program that helps students flip the college decision-making paradigm by helping them understand who they are, what they want, and how they are going to get it.

Karen Gnusti

Executive Director, College, Career & Secondary Education


Phone: (650) 802-5331

Doron Markus

Coordinator, Career Technical Education (CTE) & STEM


Phone: (650) 802-5405

Rubie Macaraeg

Coordinator, Career Technical Education (CTE)


Phone: (650) 802-5336

Katia Sturtevant

Administrative Assistant II


Phone: (650) 802-5481

Fax: (650) 802-5503

Terri Aiello

Administrative Assistant III

Sarah Watanabe

Coordinator, K12 Strong Workforce & STEM


Phone: (650) 802-5432