Director's Message

  •  Agriculture and Natural Resources    Arts, Media, and Entertainment    Building and Construction Trades    Business and Finance    Education, Child Development, and Family Services     Engineering and Architecture    Health Science and Medical Technology    Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation    Information and Communication Technologies    Manufacturing and Product Development    Marketing Sales and Service    Public Services    Transportation



    Dear Salinas parents, students, teachers and community at large:

    I would like to welcome you to our 2021-2022 school year. This year would be unique and exciting learning experience for all in this complex year ahead of us after coming back from distance learning. 

    High-quality CTE is perhaps most unique for its applied, contextual nature. Programs must have at their core instructional strategies that engage students and support student attainment of relevant knowledge and skills within a student-centered learning environment. Developing students’ hands-on technical skills and fulfilling lab hours has been one of the most critical components to reconceptualize in a modified learning environment, in this case, a flexible modality for the beginning of the school year taking into account some un-known new challenges.  CTE instructional leaders alongside with CTE teachers had been given the opportunity to make the following key adaptations to continue offering high quality CTE opportunities to our students: identification of essential standards for students to master, modified project-based learning to meet unique student needs and  the use of video for teacher and student skill demonstration to name a few.

    Mission Trails ROP/CTE has invested in expanding their online portfolio to ensure continuity of engagement with a combination of inperson and a rich virtual experience to all students. To expand soft skills development and career exploration we have partnered with Xello. For an expansion of a global community of practice by having access to online industry tours and guest speakers we are bringing Nepris and Virtual Job Shadowing. For expansion of virtual internships we had partnered with Earn and Learn. In addition, the opportunity to include full online industry certification was well received and are included in most courses as we are ready with approximately 5000 seats in partnership with CareerSafe, ServSafe and iCEV, to name a few for our students to be certified in PPE equipment, safety at the workplace, food handling, etc..This year we are continuing tthe work with our  K12 Strongworkforce funds in providng industry certification opportunities to students who will be working part time jobs in Salinas Valley in the Agriculture and Food industry. Last, teachers know that establishing positive relationships with students matters the most so teachers are working to build a positive classroom culture that acknowledges their social-emotional needs and provides, as much as possible, personalized instruction. Mission Trails ROP/CTE is looking forward to the challenge, or better said, this new opportunity.

    There are approximately 6000 students enrolled in CTE Pathways. We offer CTE courses in 13 Industry Sectors: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Finance, Education, Child Development and Family Services, Engineering and Architecture, Health Science and Medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Information and Communication Technologies, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Service, Public Services, Transportation. Our courses meet A-G eligibility for the University of California in different areas. The CTE courses are aligned with CTE content standards  encompassing technical and academic skills.

    Our district has seven California Partnership Academies: the Engineering Academy and Health Academy at Alisal High School, the Digital Media Academy and International Sustainability Academy at Everett Alvarez High School, the Health Academy at North Salinas High School, The Green Construction Academy and FAST Academy at Salinas High School.

    I invite you to browse our website, the district course catalog and virtually visit the Career Center at your school site to schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor to explore careers and post secondary options for your son/daugther. 

    On behalf of CTE teachers and staff, we look forward to a unique year working in collaboration and harmony to continue inspiring and preparing our next generation.

    Warm regards,

    Ivonne Glenn, Ph.D.