JH Student in Foods Class

Career and Technical Education

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.

Course offerings include:

IowaCore Career and Technical Education Pie Chart

Iowa’s Career and Technical Education Service Areas


  • 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 (Project Lead The Way)


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


  • Business Program – 18 course offerings creating an emphasis in
    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • Business, Management and Administration
      Microsoft Office Certification and National Career Ready Certificate available
  • Family Consumer Science – 10 course offerings creating an emphasis in
    • Design
    • Human Services
    • Culinary Arts
      ServSafe and Food Handler Training Certification available
  • Engineering Technology – 16 course offerings creating an emphasis in
    • Architecture and Construction
    • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (Auto)
    • Manufacturing
    • STEM – Engineering
      National Career Ready Certificate available
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Program – 6 course offerings
    • Completion of CNA certificate available

A full list of Valley High School’s CTE course offerings is available in Valley’s Course Listings.

For more information about Career and Technical Education offerings in your school, please contact your school counselor. School contact information is available on our Schools Listing page.