The simple answer is that nearly every student can benefit from career courses. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • College-bound students who earn credits and professional certifications in these courses can often skip lower-level college courses. They also often receive offers to work in research labs, etc. as undergraduates because of the hands-on experience they received.
  • These programs earn college credits that can save you money.
  • These courses help students “test drive” the work activities along these career paths so that they know that their plans will actually suit them. This can avoid a mid-college “course correction” when they decide to change majors. That will cost them time and tuition money.
  • Many of our career education courses allow students to graduate from high school fully certified for $70-$80,000 entry-level jobs.
  • Students learn many “soft skills” while doing the work required in these hands-on courses. Teamwork, communication, collaboration, patience, leadership, and more develop with practice.
  • The practical experience in construction, electrical devices, computers, teaching, child development, health services, etc. can better prepare a student to absorb and use the theoretical material of their college courses.
The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.