Valley High School student gets hands-on experience in welding course.

WDMCS Offers Career and Technical Education Starting in Junior High

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Career and Technical Education Infographic

The West Des Moines Community Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is a pathway to explore, discover, and launch a student’s future.

Formerly called vocational education, Career and Technical Educational programs specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. It offers both academic and career-oriented courses. Teachers seek to encourage students to explore opportunities aligned to their interests through holistic career guidance, exploratory rigorous coursework, and work-based learning opportunities.

Here are just a few of our offerings:

Indian Hills/Stilwell

  • Business: 7th Grade – Financial Literacy
  • Family Consumer Science
    • 7th Grade – FCS Exploratory
    • 8th Grade – Foods
    • 8th Grade – Sewing
  • Engineering Technology
    • 7th Grade – Technology Education
    • 8th Grade – Exploring Technology
    • 8th Grade – Gateway To Technology (PLTW)

Valley Southwoods

  • Business: Foundations of Business
  • Family Consumer Sciences
  • Engineering Technology: Foundations of Technology and Engineering

Valley High School

  • Business: 18-course offerings (2018-2019)
  • Family Consumer Science: 11-course offerings (2016-2017)
  • Engineering Technology: 20-course offerings (2016-2017)

A full list of Valley High School’s CTE course offerings is available here:

For more information about Career and Technical Education offerings in your school, please contact your school counselor. School contact information is available here: