Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of common questions we receive. If you have further questions, we encourage you to speak with your career counselor or the program leader. Their information is found on our contacts page.

Yes and no. While the apprenticeship programs are folded into the FUTURES program, FUTURES offers more benefits than the apprenticeship program alone. FUTURES includes many other career programs like Marketing, Fire Science, Education, and more. Read the complete list here.

All students can benefit from FUTURES, even if they plan to go onto college. Some FUTURES students graduate with Associate Degrees or college credits transferable to other state colleges. Others gain valuable career-related experience and skills that can give them a competitive advantage for being admitted to college or finding a career after college.

*NOTE - As with all dual-course programs, it’s important to check with the school your student is planning to attend to ensure credits will transfer. All schools approach transfer credits differently. Talk to your counselor for more details.

Because Running Start classes are college-level courses, they fulfill three college credits but only one high school credit. Therefore, it is unlikely to earn enough high school credits to graduate with both Running Start and a FUTURES program schedule.

Yes, though required classes for FUTURES take precedence, and if classes conflict, you will be required to choose FUTURES classes first.

Priority will be given to FUTURES students for classes within the program curriculum.

No, all FUTURES programs offer different skills and benefits. We are continually building these programs, and each year the programs will offer enhanced benefits to students.

This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If the requirements can be fulfilled within the remaining timeframe, it is possible to enter FUTURES during your senior year.

There are zero costs for all CTE Programs. West Valley covers all cost of certification, college credits, materials, etc.