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Hands-on, work-ready preparation

Career and Technical Program

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

Wood 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.  

Changing the future

Digital Media

Digital Media is a pathway for students who aspire to become influencers, creators, editors, producers, and shape the public’s perception of the world. The journalism and broadcasting trails prepare students for work in researching, writing, production of news stories, and presentation of commentaries. Courses in this pathway help students formulate and develop competencies they will need for careers in the communication field. Whether in front of the camera or posting in the school’s newspaper, digital media pathways will guide you to get the most from the multimedia digital society we live in today and in the future.

Creative employment opportunities

Design and Multimedia Arts

In the Design and Multimedia Arts pathway, we believe that every person has artistic potential. When design concepts are applied to modern day multimedia art, we can prepare students for high demand careers within the arts. We believe that, through the arts, there are always multiple approaches to solving problems and questions can always have more than one answer. When you combine the design and media arts principles with the elements of the design process, students will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter the workforce in creative fields and introductory skills for many other industry employment opportunities.

Exploring the possibilities

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts pathway encompasses all of the sectors within the food and hospitality industry. Students are able to explore career and job opportunities and learn the technical, professional, and soft skills needed to succeed. Students in the Culinary Arts pathway will have many work-based experiences, offering a glimpse into the industry and providing real-life experiences that establish a foundation for a career that is transferable across the world, while also developing life skills to help them flourish in life after high school.

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. 

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We’re not just a group of buildings where students come to learn. We’re a family that cares about the success of every individual. We’re located in Aurora and welcome all students — those in our district and beyond. We have an open enrollment process and typically take applications from January through May. Visit us and see for yourself why Gateway is a great place to learn!