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STEM students introduced to high school CTE

Piedmont Middle School Eighth Grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students were introduced to high school CTE (Career and Technical Education) program areas and the clubs attached to them. Several CTE students from Piedmont High School shared their experiences and postsecondary goals in Biomedical and Health Sciences, the Fire Academy and Public Safety, Business and Marketing, Computer Science, Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture Education, Computer Programming and Film Editing.

 Each term, middle school STEM teacher Deanna Outen, coordinates with her high school CDC (Career Development Coordinator) Pat Cooper to discuss high school CTE options for rising freshmen. “Mrs. Cooper and I want students to fully understand all of their class choices and program areas available to them for their high school experience.”

 Career and Technical Education supports student-led organizations such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FCCLA (Family Careers and Community Leaders of America), and FFA (Future Farmers of America) that demonstrate academic achievement, technical skills and leadership. Strong community building through productive citizenship is gained with activities such as working the school blood drive. CTE students gain close friendships and depend on each other when learning life-saving skills in the Public Safety and Fire Academy.

 The class was advised on various certifications they can obtain in CTE programs prior to graduation like CNA-certified nursing assistant, Excel, Powerpoint, and Microsoft Word. Consumer and Family Science students can obtain a Serve Safe Certificate to show potential employers. Drew Trull, the Fire Academy Captain, shared that he will graduate as a fully certified fire fighter and it cost him no money to obtain his credentials!

 These high school CTE students inspired eighth graders to have dreams and goals and to become involved in the various clubs and organizations attached to the CTE courses. Makayla Smith, Vice President of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and Lucas Stegall have attended many FFA competitions and won awards. Family Careers and Community Leaders of America President, Allison Phillips, hopes to have her own bakery and wants to attend Johnson and Wells Culinary Institute in Charlotte. Evan Emrich will study Personal Finance at East Carolina University.  

 Today's job market requires individuals with technical and high-level problem solving skills. Career and Technical Education is focused on teaching these attributes through real-world applications in all of the different program areas. Through classes offered by CTE, students will gain the technical skills and academic knowledge to prepare for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.

 The Mission Statement of CTE is: To provide all students with rigorous and relevant courses and programs that emphasize applications of theory, problem solving and critical thinking and to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared and competitive workforce by preparing our students for post-secondary and careers by giving them the 21st century skills that they need to help them become life-long learners. Career and Technical Education also supports student-led organizations that demonstrate academic achievement, technical skills, leadership and strong community building through productive citizenship.


Written by: Deanna Outen
Posted: Jun 04, 2015 by Karen Barbee

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