Career & Technical Education

In CTE we strive to educate the whole student through academic rigor and hands on learning. We use industry standards as our measure whenever possible. We believe in learning through doing and strive to give students relevant experiences that solidify their plan for after high school.


The Agricultural program is a hands-on student driven, industry experience that consists of the following classes:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Advanced Agricultural Business Management
  • Floral Design
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Metals
  • Small Engines
  • Veterinary Science

The leadership experience of FFA is an integral part of all agricultural classes.

Business & Finance

The FHS Business Department comprises classes in Technology, Finance, Marketing, and Business Law.  Students learn about how to manage their money, investing, credit, and real estate. They also get educated on Civil and Criminal Law, have chance to participate in Teen Court and many gain Microsoft Office Certifications.

Contact: Steve Andres - 360-383-9360

Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences empowers individuals and families. Ferndale High School FACSE department offers 2 main pathways:

Nutrition and Culinary and Child Development

The Nutrition and Culinary Pathway starts with Personal Choices which is an umbrella course that teaches units on cooking, nutrition, family finance and clothing and sewing.  Nutrition and Wellness encourages students to cook from scratch to think and practice preparing and eating nutritious foods with safety and sanitation practices in place. Culinary 1 continues the learning from N&W and adds more advanced cooking skills and knowledge.  Culinary 2 prepares students for working in the food industry by giving them opportunities to prepare food for themselves and others building on the skills they acquired in the prerequisite courses.

The Child Development Pathway begins with a semester course in Child Care Basics which is the Washington State 30 hour, 3 credit curriculum that is required to work in a Child Care/Preschool setting. Students register their completion with the Department of Early Learning.  Second semester is a practicum course which allows students to use their Child Care Basics knowledge and skills with young children in a public school classroom, home child care or preschool.  Before placement students are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid for Adults and Young Children. They also receive training in HIV/Blood Borne Pathogens.

Both pathways provide opportunities for students to earn college credit with a Tech Prep articulation with Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College.

Media Technology

Media Technology courses taught by Mr. Lucas provide students with opportunities to explore basic and advanced video production, basic and advanced web design, and book publishing (yearbook). Because of the nature of digital technology, there is a lot of overlap of video, audio and other media. Some web-based products can even interact with print publications by way of proprietary digital apps. Students can also get TV broadcasting/live web streaming experience through the FHS Film & Broadcast Club, which meets every Monday after school.


Contact: Timothy Lucas – 360.383.9318

Photo Design

Photo Design 1, 2, 3, & AP courses provide students with opportunities to get into photography, graphic design, and digital art. They learn basic photography and design skills while also learning Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator software.

While beginning students build and use their own cameras, advanced students design for the web and create animations while also creating portfolio ready photos and design pieces.

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is a hands-on Career and Technical Education class focused on potential careers in the medical fields.

Students become a part of the sports medicine team and a part of Golden Eagle athletics by completing a Sports Medicine practicum working after school with FHS Student-athletes.

Ferndale Sports Medicine is a member of the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association attending various leadership events and competitions with the more the 50 member schools and their students.

Join FHS Sports Medicine and be a part of something big!


Ferndale School District complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any physical, sensory, and/or mental disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably-discharged veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by law. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Civil Rights Coordinator & Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer, John Fairbairn, Executive Director of Human Resources; 360.383.9206;; Ferndale School District, 6041 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248 and/or Section 504 ADA Coordinator, Dr. Paul Douglas, Executive Director for Student Services; 360.383.9221;; Ferndale School District, 6041 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248.