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Career Technical Education

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James Smith

Career & Technical

Education Principal

Stephanie Hazelett

Office Technician

(951) 824-8021 VP


The Career Technical Education Department has established programs which prepare students for life after high school. The department’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, which will help them become independent and successful members of their community.

The department continues to seek funding for state-of-art technology and equipment to meet the current industry standards in each discipline. Staff members have been tasked to update career and technology programs to include advisory committees, statewide curriculum, industry standards, and professional growth indicators. The programs assist the students become aware of career opportunities.

Our teachers are Deaf with extensive trade experience and certificates or degrees. They teach through American Sign Language, English, and apply career and technology performance standards to prepare students for employment or post-secondary education/training.

Presently the CTE program offers: Automotives (Auto Mechanics, Auto Body and Welding), Career Preparation, Construction Technology, Digital Imaging, Game Design, Coding, Robotics, Food and Hospitality Services, Graphic Arts, Video Production, Work Experience, and Yearbook.

Letter from the new CTE Principal (2019):

I am excited to serve you as the new Career Technical Education (CTE) principal at CSD. I am honored to join a school with such a rich tradition of excellence. I have already felt welcomed in my interactions with parents, students, and teachers and believe that this is truly a special place.

The 2019-2020 school year will mark my 7th year in education. I hold a CTE license and Deaf/Hard of Hearing teaching license in Oregon. I developed and operated the Construction Technology program as teacher for five years. During my teaching, I brought upgrades in types of equipment and courses to the program including the $45k alpha 60x98 CNC machine with ATC plus CAD and CAM software programs including Fusion 360, VCarve Pro, and TinkerCAD, 3D printers, and computer lab equipment. In addition, I also implemented a part of the program, career exploration course and developing makerspace course for middle school students.

I believe well established CTE career pathways are essential to provide students with the skills and knowledge to truly succeed in today's 21st-century skills required for employment in fast-changing industries. On top of that, students graduating from CTE programs at CSD are prepared to become contributors to the Deaf economic system (Deaf Ecosystem) to ensure employment opportunities that counter high unemployment rates in the community.

I enjoy interacting with students, and I love to see them find future success in their learning both in middle school, high school, and in their education and career development. I am looking forward to working with the school’s outstanding teachers, staff members, and administrators for a great start to the school year at CSD.

With cubs pride,

Mr. James Smith

CTE Principal

CTE Programs Offered:

Visual Arts

Television Production

Television Production is a Career Technical Education course exploring the fundamentals and advanced techniques of the television and film industries. In TV Production Level 1, students learn the industry’s standard techniques of camera operation, audio production and lighting for TV and film, as well as computer based editing on the leading software: Final Cut Pro.

In TV Production Level 2, students apply advanced TV and film production techniques to produce a wide variety of programming genres including: bi-weekly 10-minute news broadcasts on campus Channel 30, Public Service Announcements, Commercials, documentaries, and short films which premier on CSDR Movie Night.

One of the school’s highlights is CSDR Movie Night, established in 2004. Each year, about 300 people go to the CSDR Social Hall to watch 6 short movies produced by the students. They invite six well-known judges from the Deaf Community who will choose which movie is the best.


Students in the photography program discover the full artistic potential of the photographic medium. The program builds on a solid foundation of technical skill, in both traditional photography and digital imaging. Students are offered a chance to pursue specialized interests such as portraiture and studio photography, multi-image production, or photo-illustration.

A strong curriculum based on California Visual/Performing Arts standards that emphasizes both theory and practice characterizes the program.

The students in last five year's program have their marks in photography, and special effects work. Their work is recognized as some of best amongst high school students in California.

Our students' projects are exhibited at several places; Reading Conference, Cal-ED Impact , Riverside Arts Festival, and Riverside Art Museum.

Every year, we have the Visual Arts (formerly known as Arts & Photography Show) exhibiting the works of many excellent Visual Arts students. There is a contest for each media. We invite several judges. They are often very impressed, and have a difficult time choosing the winners.

Career Technology Education News

Career Pathways

Construction Technology

The Construction Technology Program provides the hands-on training for students to develop skills and knowledge of the trade. The program includes rough and finished carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and other related projects.

Food and Hospitality Services

The Food and Hospitality program is in full action, under the leadership of former Five Star restaurant chef. The students prepare menus and cater events.

Graphic Communications

Graphic Communications introduces students to simple image manipulation on the computer screen. Basic drawing tools and their uses are presented along with projects designed to allow the student to use these tools creatively. The elements and principles of art are taught as a basis for good design.

Techniques for manipulating text and graphics to create impactful designs that work in page layouts are covered. Students learn basic typography while exploring typing as an art form or a means of conveying a message. Among some of the areas covered are digital press, scanner, platemaking, perforating, scoring, numbering, paper cutter, and bindery techniques. Students use tools such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Fireworks, iMovie and WordPress in the development of their projects.

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program is an introductory course designed to meet the California State Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts requirement. The Performing Arts courses will give the students a basic overview of performance side of Theatre, Television, and Film. Through course work, the student will develop an appreciation and deeper understanding of the craft. Classroom activities may include: acting, body movement, pantomime, improvisation, theatre games, English-to-American Sign Language translation, monologues, scene work, literature, theater and film history, and technology for stage, television, or film. Students will receive an extensive learning experience, involving the use of the body, range of emotions, creative expression and imagination. The students will also learn various stagecraft skills to prepare them for a career in Theatre, Television, or Film Industry.

Automotive Technology

The program offers Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair Pathway, Structural Repair and Refinishing Pathway, Welding and Materials Joining Pathway, and Machining and Forming Technologies Pathway. Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair Pathway gives the students the opportunity to learn how to do different kind of diagnostic, service, and repair on variety type of vehicles. Beginner level students will start with basic knowledge of automotive service and repair, and then the advanced students learn how to do modification, engine teardown and rebuilding, advanced diagnostics, service, and repair.

Structural Repair and Refinishing Pathway gives the students the opportunity to learn how to do collision repair and refinishing such as preparing the vehicle for metal finishing, body repair, and painting.

Welding and Materials Joining Pathway allows the students to learn about different type of welding such as Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). The students also learn all different welding joint techniques.

Machining and Forming Technologies Pathway focuses on different type of metal works such as, drilling, cutting, shearing, shaping, and finishing. The students learn how to prepare the metals by measuring them before doing any type of work on them. The program offers Plasma CAM (Computer Aid Manufacturing) machine that will let the students learn how to make different kind of designs using a computer that controls the plasma cutting into different type of metals. The instructor is a certified Ford and BMW technician.


Transition Partnership Program (TPP):

Transition Partnership Program (TPP) is a collaborative program between California School for the Deaf, Riverside and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The purpose of the program is to better prepare each student for life after they leave high school. TPP and DOR are designed to facilitate juniors and seniors as they transition from high school to Community College, University, other post-secondary trainings, and the world of work. The program offers each student the support and information to make appropriate career choices. The TPP provides online career assessment, career counseling, Career Preparation Class, job coaching, job placement services (On-Campus Work Experience and Off-Campus Work Experience), access to Career Fairs, College Presentations, Financial Aid workshops, and Senior Transition Day. The juniors and seniors go on field trips to local Community Colleges, Universities, the Riverside Hearing Impaired Literacy Program, Regional Occupational Programs, Job Training sites, Employment Development Department, Career Fairs/Expos, and College Fairs. After graduation, CSDR students continue receiving services until he or she achieves his or her employment goals. TPP and DOR are striving to assure each student will become an independent lifelong learner.

WorkAbility program

The WorkAbility program is funded and administered by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division. WorkAbility promotes independent living and provides comprehensive pre-employment worksite training, employment and follow-up services for youth in special education who are making the transition from school to work, post-secondary education or training. WorkAbility provides special education students ages 14 to 22 the opportunity to obtain marketable job skills while completing their education:

  1. Job shadowing
  2. Tours of work/training sites
  3. Career Awareness Day
  4. Assistance with transition plans
  5. Information about jobs
  6. Information about work benefits and deductions
  7. Career Center accessibility

Period Schedule - Monday thru Thursday

Period 1
8:00 - 8:52
Period 2
8:56 - 9:48
Period 3
9:52 - 10:44
Period 4
10:48 - 11:40
Period 5
11:44 - 12:36
12:41 - 1:16
Period 6
1:21 - 2:13
Period 7
2:17 - 3:09

Alternating Period Schedule - Friday

Period 1/2
8:00 - 9:05
Period 3/4
9:09 - 10:14
Period 5/6
10:18 - 11:23
11:27 - 12:32
12:37 - 1:12