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.

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What's Happening in CTE?

Computer Science and Information Technology/Cybersecurity

February 4, 2021

CyberSecurity students have started to build desktop computers that will be used to run a Linux Operating System to practice on. In Computing and Data Science, the students are starting to build their own drones using kits from Brown University. After completing and flying the drones, students will be able to keep them!

In Computer Science Principles, the students are working on programming and building apps of their choosing. While in Computer Science A, students are writing code in Java to create programs that complete many tasks quickly.

CTE Spotlight

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

Desmon Dagraca is a SHS senior in the Law and Public Safety pathway.


Currently enrolled in Law II, Desmon recently completed a two-on-two mock trial as the lead attorney in a civil case.


After completing Intro to Criminal Justice EEP as a sophomore, Desmon is now in the process of pursuing college credit through Roger Williams University. This process requires him to write an argumentative research paper within the field of Criminal Justice. From Constitutional issues to relevant issues in policing or the court system, Desmon has begun the research and writing process and will be presenting his research to a panel of RWU professors in the spring. This task is demanding as students need to argue a point of law, use a variety of online and print resources to support their claim, and present their argument. Desmon, like many Criminal Justice students before him, is up to the challenge and will represent SHS well!