Smithfield High School

Career & Technical Education Programs

Smithfield High School’s Career and Technical Education Pathway programs offer students the opportunity to begin defining their future from the very beginning of high school. For more than 20 years, our Pathway programs have offered students a three to four course sequence, college credits, and work based learning experiences, giving students a head start in their career field.


CTE Pathway programs are open to all Smithfield High School students, as well as to students from outside of the district through our application.

What's Happening in CTE?

The Academy of Finance

In Stocks & Investing, students just finished up competing in the Stock Market Game. The game is run over a 10 week period where students are given access to $100,000 to invest in the market. We finished second in the state as a school, and had one of our own, Jillian Accettoro finish first overall in the state. Jillian grew her portfolio to $120,612.65 over the course of the ten weeks. Ms. Accettoro will be recognized by the SIMFA foundation for her efforts and be receiving a prize package later this month. Other notable finishes: 3rd Place Anthony Mercurio, 4th place Nate Goffe, 8th place Cliff Christian IV and 9th place Jacob Harris. We had 10 of the top 20 portfolio's in the state!


Personal Finance students are finishing up their EverFi modules in order to receive their certification in the course. The modules covered the following topics: Banking Basics, Income and Employment, Consumer Skills, Financing Higher Education. Credit and Debt, Budgeting, and Insurance.


CTE Spotlight

Each month SHS will Spotlight a CTE student excelling in their field.

Bailey Gaffney is a current senior within the Computer Science CTE Pathway here at Smithfield High School who has demonstrated leadership qualities and tremendous effort as she has made her way through the program.

Bailey has earned numerous awards in her field including a silver medal at the State Science Olympiad in Cryptography, the Aspirations Award from the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), she came in second place for Rhode Island in the the Girls Go CyberStart National Competition and was a Mass Maritime Future Women Leaders in STEM award winner this year.

In addition to her awards, Bailey has taken advantage of every opportunity to learn and to lead. This year, Bailey led the Girls Who Code Club for the middle school, she has attended a week long GenCyber Camp at Rhode Island College, and participated in a virtual GenCyber AI class this past summer.

Thank you for your contributions in the field of Computer Science!