Washington Career & Skill Development Video Series

Empowering Native students to give back to their communities.

The Need

CTE programs that incorporate culturally sustaining practices help Indigenous students feel a greater sense of belonging in school and empower them to contribute to their Tribal communities.

These programs, which combine academic and technical skills to prepare students for in-demand careers, have been shown to positively impact American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students’ attendance and graduation rates. While some Washington schools have innovative, culturally sustaining career and skill development programs, many schools are still unaware of CTE’s potential to address opportunity gaps for AI/AN students.

The Resource

This video series highlights career and skill development programs that center Tribal practices and are culturally relevant for Indigenous students and communities in Washington. The videos serve as a resource for other school communities serving AI/AN students and were created in partnership with four career and skill development programs across Washington:

  • Chief Leschi School District
  • Enumclaw School District
  • Taholah School District
  • Kalispel Career Training Center

A fifth video illustrates highlights from each program to inspire the creation of additional Native-focused career and skill development programs in Washington.

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