Career Tech Education

Learning To Do

Mr. Lopez Barreras


Mamie Powell


The letters "FFA" stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more.

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The Institute of Media Production Arts and Creative Technology (IMPACT) is a Career Technical Education pathway at Indio High School. The program develops student skills in the areas of film making, graphic design, audio production, broadcast, animation, and leadership in preparation for post secondary education and careers in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector.

IMPACT students develop dynamic resumes and digital portfolios while gaining hands-on and real-world experience through a wide variety of projects, presentations, community/industry partnerships, and work-based learning opportunities.

All IMPACT courses are A-G approved with the University of California, California State University, and are CTE approved.

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Lourdes Flores








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The engineering program at Indio High School offers students opportunities to explore and develop technical skills in a variety of academic disciplines. The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program consists of a four course sequence starting in the freshman year with a survey of topics and skills in both engineering and environmental studies. In the sophomore year, students focus on the design process in Introduction to Engineering Design. Skills are developed in technical drawing and in computer assisted design (CAD) using Autodesk Inventor. This course culminates in providing students with an opportunity to earn an industry recognized certification in CAD. The design skills that students develop open up a large number of prototyping opportunities including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling where students bring their designs to life.

Students within the engineering department are encouraged to consider participating in the Indio High School Skills USA chapter. Students enter skills based and leadership based competition categories with a chance to win personal recognition which enhances college applications. Competition categories range from students designing and prototyping innovative products to demonstrating skills in CAD, welding, and CNC manufacturing.

Engineering is not only for students who are considering a career in an engineering field but also for students wanting to get hands-on skills using both traditional and modern tools. It's an exciting opportunity for high school students to contribute to the innovations of tomorrow.

Mark BrennerNetwork Systems



The Network Systems Pathway at Indio High School prepares students for careers in technology. Tech jobs are one of the most in demand jobs in the country.  There are over 500,000 open computing positions just waiting to be filled, but the fact is there are more openings than qualified applicants. You could be one to fill these positions.There are a vast amount of possibilities in IT, but here are just a few examples. You can become a Network Administrator and design and implement your own network. There has  been a major surge in job openings in cybersecurity to protect against outside network hackers.  We teach you how to code If you want to pursue a career as a front end, back end, or full stack programmer. The Network Systems Pathway is also Dual Enrollment. That means you earn college credits and high school credits at the same time. This is a three year pathway and by the end students will earn 16 college credits, which is the equivalent to a semester in college. 


Here are just a few examples of how we learn in our classes.  We use a simulation program to learn how to install computer hardware, like a video card to improve graphics on a PC system. We create 3D models to gain experience with hardware design and print them on our 3D printers. We also learn how to code using Python. Students also have the opportunity to take for industry recognized certifications, at no cost. Normally they would cost at least $300 or more for each one. These certifications validate your skills in technology and are what enable you to be employed in this industry. Our students have had great success, as they come out of the pathway.Many have obtained tech jobs on their college campuses. Two of the biggest highlights are Salud Lemus, who interned at Google for three summers while attending UCR, and Ingmar Diaz, who recently graduated from UC Davis and is currently working at Intel. 

This is a review of the courses in the Network Systems Pathway:

  • CIS 040 Information & Communication Technology (year 1)
  • CIS 053 Network Fundamentals (year 2/fall semester)
  • CIS 060 Information Systems Security (year 2/spring semester)
  • CIS 054 Routing & Switching Essentials (year 3/fall semester)
  • CIS 087 Intro To Coding With Python (year 3/spring semester)

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