HENDERSON, Ky. — February is National CTE Month, an annual celebration recognizing the CTE community members’ achievements and accomplishments nationwide.
CTE Month 2015 will give the CTE community a chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from classrooms across the country, and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying our nation for economic success and workforce competitiveness. CTE classrooms are modern-day laboratories, where students and educators alike are developing the skills that will power the future of college and career success.
The Career and Technical Education Unit classes are offered at Henderson County High School in a wide range of fields. The curriculum is to train 21st century workers in a variety of fields, from the healthcare and hospitality industries to engineering and construction, with one major goal in mind - build a well-trained workforce in western Kentucky.
The CTE Unit is a major training facility for area employers. The CTE Unit also has partnered with area colleges to offer dual-credit courses that will fast track students toward their college degrees. Classes are designed to attract students serious about pursuing real-world career and technical training.
The fact that CTE classes are truly high tech designed as a place for hands-on learning isn’t surprising. What is, however, is the equipment students have available for this purpose. The systems and tools students have access to daily are comparable to that of business and industry. The CTE offers enhanced opportunities for high school students to receive classroom and hands on training in 15 diverse areas of study using the latest emerging technologies and equipment.
The Career Cluster that students can complete four or more courses in include:
- Agriculture (Ag Mechanics, Horticulture, Production Ag, Greenhouse Veterinary Science & Floral Design)
- Army JROTC (Leadership Development, no military obligation)
- Automotive Technology (Auto Technician, Auto Body, Diesel Mechanic)
- Business and Marketing (Administrative Support Services, Finance and Banking, Business Technology, Marketing, Entrepreneurship)
- Criminal Law (Criminal Justice, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Lawyer)
- Human Services (Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Consumer and Family Management, Culinary Arts)
- Science and Math (Pre-Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Digital Electronics)
- Manufacturing Technology (Welding, Manufacturing, Industrial Maintenance)
- Manufacturing Technology (Machine Tool, Manufacturing and Robotics)
- Construction Technology (Carpentry /Home Building, Construction)
- Health Services (Medical, Chemistry, Nurse Aides)
- Transportation (Automotive Technology)
- Communications (Visual communications/Graphic Arts)
- Information Technology (IT, Networking, CISCO, Web Design)
- Welding Technology (AWS certified)
Career and Technical Student Organizations are integrated into the career and technical education programs. They provide career and leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for enrollment in career and technical programs. Student Organizations are powerful instructional tools and are fully embedded into the curriculum by the instructors. CTE Student Organizations serve dual roles of reinforcing what is taught in class and helping students connect this content with career skills. These include Future Business Leaders of America, Skills USA, DECA (marketing, management and entrepreneurship club), HOSA (future health professionals), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Technology Student Association and Future Farmers of America.
Students enrolled in classes in the Career and Technical Education Unit have the opportunity to participate in work based learning during their senior year. This allows more time for the students to apply and develop skills on the job that they have learned in their classes. Work based learning combines in-school instruction with on-the-job work experience at a local business or industrial company. These planned experiences are supervised by the school and the employer. Work based learning can lead to full time entry-level employment for the student. Students enrolled in this program will obtain an understanding of employment opportunities and responsibilities from their direct on-the-job experience.
The Kentucky Skill Standards have been developed collaboratively with education, business and industry leaders to measure student achievement and abilities within their career majors. Students may achieve certification in their Career Major Choice. Additional national certifications may be awarded in individual program such as: State Registered Nurse Aide, American Welding Society, Automotive Service Excellence, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, National Construction Center of Educational Research, Cardiopulmonary Recitation, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, Internet and Computing Core Certification, Adobe Certified Associate, Kentucky Early Care and Education Orientation Certificate, Commonwealth Child Care Credential and ServSafe Food Protection Manager.
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