February is Career and Technical Education month
Feb. 9, 2016 | Academically Prepared | February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month—a great opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution CTE is making to individual students, the district and the community.
CTE instruction aims at developing foundational skills, core workplace competencies, and specific skill competencies in various occupational areas. Students enrolled in CTE courses learn through hands-on instruction and real world application of skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships, practicums, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, dual enrollment programs, and apprenticeships. These programs allow students meaningful opportunities to apply their academic and technical skills.
“CTE provides a variety of real-world instruction and hands-on learning,” said Gary Yancey, New Caney ISD Director of CTE. “This ensures that every student has the opportunity to graduate prepared for life after high school.”
At its core, the mission of CTE is to prepare students for success in college and careers by helping them develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor, and real-world experience for high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers.
“It is the goal of the NCISD CTE Department to equip students with the academic knowledge and industry-based skills to ensure success when they enter the avenue of their choosing after graduation,” said Yancey. “We want to prepare our students to succeed in life after high school whether that is post-secondary education or training, entering directly into the globally competitive workforce, or enlisting in military service.”
During the 2014-15 school year, 89 percent of New Caney ISD high school students participated in at least one CTE course. New Caney ISD has 69 CTE teachers and offers 380 CTE classes covering 16 career clustering. A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products.
The career clusters include: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, A/V Technology & Communications; Business, Management & Administration; Education & Training; Finance; Government & Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.
Through CTE, students have the opportunity to gain certifications, licenses and college credits as they gain skills that last a lifetime. During the 2014-15 school year, 351 students earned an industry-based license or certification.
NCISD students have the opportunity to earn a license or certification in the following areas: OSHA/CareerSafe, NCCER CORE, NCCER Welding I, NCCER Carpentry I, Texas Hunter Safety, Final Cut Pro Certification, Microsoft Word Specialist, Microsoft Excel Specialist, Microsoft Access Specialist, Intuit Quick Books Certified User 2013 Certification, Pharmacy Technician Certification, Certified Medical Billing Technician, Medical IV Certification, Pro Start Certification, ServSafe Certification, CPR/First Aid Certification, Cosmetology Operator License, 9-1-1 CERT: Community Emergency Response Team Certification, Texas Commission on Fire Protection, NREMT National Registry, Auto Tech Safety and Pollution Certification, and NATEF Certification, International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) Well Control Certificate, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Floral Design Level I.
Last year, CTE students generated more than $730,000 in scholarships and exhibitions in FFA and 4H. That was twice the amount from the previous year and was a reflection of increased participation in national competitions and events. Additionally, 140 CTE teams won their district/area/regional level competitions, 62 teams advanced to state level competitions, and 12 teams advanced to national events.
CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce and succeed.