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Career and Technical Programs at Gateway High School

Career and technical courses prepare Gateway students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.

Research has shown that students who take one CTE class for every two academic classes minimize their risk of dropping out of high school while taking multiple CTE courses increases a student’s likelihood of enrolling in trade schools, community colleges, and 4-year universities.  Whether or not Gateway students know their career path, CTE Courses at Gateway High School will give them experiences and knowledge to help them along their journey. 

Step in an engineer's shoes

Project Lead The Way

From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.  

High-paying, high-demand jobs

Cabinet Manufacturing

America’s manufacturing industry is desperate to hire highly trained employees.  Start your journey into this high paying field here at Gateway High School’s Cabinet manufacturing program.  Using the cutting edge curriculum that was developed by Dean Mattson at The MiLL National Training Center, students will focus on lean manufacturing using the latest wood industry technology and an industry/education model.  As students develop the disciplines of woodworking, critical thinking, design, mathematics, writing, drawing, speaking skills, and work ethics; they are laying the foundation for college, a career, or just developing a passion and life long hobby.  

Practical and beautiful spaces

Interior Design

Interior Designers play an important role in developing efficient, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces in both residential and commercial interior environments. The Interior Design program at Gateway High School introduces students to a variety of career fields such as interior design, real estate, construction, sales and marketing, and small business.

Olys make it work

Fashion Design

Gateway’s Fashion Design Curriculum  gives students an opportunity to express their artistic vision through fashion, and with the right skills can be what puts them on the path to a beautiful career in a variety of textile careers where passion, creativity and technology come together. Students learn to develop not only creative abilities and how to express them but also the methods and processes needed to practice design ethically, responsibly and profitably.

The show must go on

Theatre Tech

The diversity of theatre, arts, and facilities professions cannot be understated, and Technical Theatre at Gateway helps you prepare for all of them. Those in the class are responsible for the functioning and maintenance of the Gateway Center for Performing Arts and all productions and events that occur therein, including their set, lights, costumes, sound, effects, and stage management. Students in tech will learn how to safely engage with the materials and systems that allow for a theater to function in diverse and artistic ways, and help prepare them for careers or other further experience backstage or front of house. 

Graduate workforce ready


ProStart is a 2-year food service and hospitality management and business entrepreneurship curriculum for Juniors and Seniors. It is a nationally certified education program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a competency-based study of food preparation, lodging, customer service, and business management. Students are able to receive a Workforce Ready certificate, concurrent enrollment at MSU, and a National Certificate of Achievement. 

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