SHS Career Pathway Updates 2022-23

Career Pathway List/Overview for 2022-23

  1. Agriculture
  2. Arts, Information & Communications (new for 2022)
  3. Business
  4. Biomedical Science
  5. Human Resources (Pre-Education and Public Safety and Security Strands)
  6. Manufacturing and Construction
  7. STEM (Hybrid/WCA)

Career Pathways are designed to give students an organized list of courses to help them explore certain career strands. Students who complete certain classes in the pathway, as well as practicum time related to the field, can earn a special cord for graduation. Each pathway has its own colored cord.

For specific information on how to complete a pathway, refer to the SHS Curriculum Guide.

Agricultural Science

Much of Oregon’s economy is in some way related to agriculture. Students on this pathway will understand the science and ecology that is so critical to the nation.

Pathway Courses:

• Intro to Agriculture (Prerequisite course)

• Food Science and Processing

• Chemistry

• Plant Science

• Animal Science

• Agribusiness

Arts, Information, and Communication

Studies in this pathway focus on arts, audio/video technology, digital design, and communications...many of the pieces of life that we all get to enjoy! Students have a chance to develop talents around performing, designing and creating art, and working behind the scenes of a performance.

Publications Focus

• Yearbook

Art Focus

• Painting 1/2*

• Ceramics 2

• Drawing Plus 1/2*

• Digital Graphics • Advanced Art

*These classes with 2 terms count as 1 course for the pathway.

Music Focus

• Concert Choir/Young Voices

• Jazz Ensemble

• Percussion Ensemble

• Symphonic Band Theater Focus

• Theater 1

• Technical Theater

• Advanced Acting

Biomedical Science

Biomedical pathway careers options include: Medical doctor, nursing, forensic scientist, microbiologist, therapist, pharmacist, and/or any career in the medical field. The biomedical science pathway is designed to give students an opportunity to learn and experience science through the fields of biology and medicine. The heart of the pathway is the Project Lead the Way curriculum, which will give students opportunities to be exposed to a wide variety of medical professions, instruments, technology, and more through four year-long, experiential classes.

Pathway Courses

  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • *Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • *Medical Application & Terminology
  • Health Occupations

*Oregon Tech credit available through Willamette Promise


This pathway allows students to gain experience to concepts surrounding business, to learn the skills needed to work in business, and to gain experience that will help them prepare for this competitive field.

Pathway Courses

  • Intro to Business
  • Business Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Office Intern
  • Sociology or Psychology

Human Resources

The Human Resources Pathway will encompass both of the previous Education and Emergency and Public Services Pathways. Students gain skills in working with people and gain fundamental knowledge related to education or fire and emergency services. Students will take general HR courses, and then focus on one of the strand areas.

General Human Resources Strand Courses

  • Psychology or AP Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish 1
  • FACS (family and Consumer Science) 1

Pre-Education Strand Courses

  • Introduction to Education
  • Education 2/Ed 101 (Chemeketa Dual Credit)
  • Teacher Intern
  • Education 200 (WOU Independent study dual credit course)

Public Safety and Security Courses

  • Forensic Science
  • Fire Science (new for 2022-23)
  • Public Safety and Security (new for 2022-23)
  • Health Occupations
  • Human Body Systems

Manufacturing and Construction

There is a documented national and local shortage of workers who can work in the skilled trades. Student will understand both the practical and career skills needed to enter the workplace prepared and confident, as they will have hands-on opportunities to learn and use these skills.


  • Manufacturing

  • Ind. Manufacturing

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Fabrication

  • Woods 1-2

  • Construction (home building) (double-blocked class)


Science and technology are changing at a rapid rate, and the need for people who can build and engineer is always high as companies look to the future. STEM classes help students to think critically, to explore and create, and to learn about how the digital world around them works.

The Willamette Career Academy Computer Science Program begins in 2022 and is one option for students interested in STEM.

SHS Courses

• Student Tech/Helpdesk

• College Algebra or AP Calculus

• AP Environmental Science

Online Courses Available

• Coding (A and B)

• Engineering and Technology Concepts

• Renewable Technologies

• Information Technology (A and B)

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Willamette Career Academy

The Willamette Career Academy is located on Lancaster Drive in Salem, and opened in the fall of 2021. 11 School districts have partnered to help create an innovative space where students can access high level CTE programs. Students who choose to enroll at a WCA program spend ½ days there, and ½ days at SHS. Students are still considered Stayton High School students and are able to participate in all school and extracurricular activities. The NSSD will provide transportation to and from the academy. These students will be Juniors or Seniors. Full programs take two years to complete, so sophomores should consider these programs when forecasting for 11th grade. Students who are interested need to apply for the program as space is limited.

Programs for next year:

  • Cosmetology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Health Services
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Computer Science/Information Technology.

If you are interested in possibly enrolling in one of these programs next year, let your counselor know on your forecasting forms. If you have further questions about these programs, you can contact your counselor or Mr. Traeger.