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Mission Statement

The mission of the Career Technical Education program is to cultivate the potential in our students by integrating rigorous classroom instruction with relevant, work-based experiences that inspire, guide and empower them for post-secondary college and careers. Our CTE program will bridge the academic, employability and technical skills that prepare our students for leadership roles in the working world.

Welcome to Modesto City Schools Career Technical Education!

MCS has a long history of operating successful Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Today’s CTE programs are rigorous and relevant programs that combine academic knowledge with technical skills and application of learning in hands-on, real-life contexts to prepare students with viable skills for today’s increasingly complex workforce.

CTE programs reflect the instructional and learning design of Common Core: problem or project-based learning, development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, teaming/collaboration, and increased awareness of the expectations of business, industry, and the workplace. CTE is Common Core. Students taking a CTE sequence perform better on assessments, graduate at higher rates, and are more successful in both college and the job market.

Please see the Sector & Pathway page for a list of all classes available.

Meet The Team

Rachelle Barkus

Rachelle Barkus
Senior Director, Educational Options
barkus.r@mcs4kids.com
Office: (209) 574-1628

Sharyl Limbaugh

Sharyl Limbaugh
CTE Coordinator
limbaugh.s@mcs4kids.com
Office: (209) 492-1160

Carol Serpa

Carol Serpa
CTE Analyst 1
serpa.c@mcs4kids.com
Office: (209) 492-6433

Tasha Hutton

Tasha Hutton
Career Articulation / Promotion Technician
hutton.t@mcs4kids.com
Office: (209) 492-1786

Sarah Gordin

Sarah Gordin
CTE Specialist
gordin.s@mcs4kids.com
Office: (209) 492-4222