Gearing up for the next school year, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department recently hosted a CTE Expo at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center to show students what the District has to offer.
Several technical clubs and classes from across the District had booths and demonstrations for middle school students. The Expo showcased the District’s CTE class options to encourage enrollment for the following school year. Everything from cooking to nursing was up for display providing information to students about their topics.
Ben Ibarra attended the event. As the principal of Dr. Archie L. Blanson CTE High School set to open in fall 2018, he and his staff shared information about the campus programs and how to apply for admission.
“I think it (Expo) went really well,” said Ibarra. “These are the kinds of classes that prepare students for actual work after high school.”
Middle school students talked to campus representatives including current CTE students from the various high schools. CTE students also provided presentations. There were also students from extracurricular clubs present. The event gave middle school students a strong sampling of the different career preparation opportunities they can experience in high school.
Classes like automotive, animation, welding and robotics were some of the student favorite booths at the expo. Some of the programs offer real-time job experience. Classes and clubs like FCCLA, DECA, JROTC and many others also held booths and demonstrations for students.
“A lot of the programs are gearing students toward certification,” said Franklin Higgins, director CTE. “If they get fully certified, they’re on top of the list of potential hires for businesses.”
Eighth graders combed the expo searching for that program that sparked their interest. The annual expo, Higgins added, showcases what the schools have to offer students aside from traditional classes and activities.
“We hope the students gain a lot of knowledge,” said Higgins. “The expo can lead toward classes students want to take and help them discover the kind of career they want.”
According to Higgins, CTE can be an integral part of every student’s education so they can graduate from high school globally competitive for work as well as prepare them for post-secondary education.
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