How We Celebrated CTE Month 2007
Antelope Valley Union High School District (Palmdale, California)
Visits to four high school CTE programs were scheduled through the month of February, one visit each week. Business, industry, government, elected officials, parents and community members were invited to be part of the visitation teams. Activities were also planned for February 21, as part of National Engineering Week. Students from Project Lead the Way at three high schools visited the Engineering Partnership program between Antelope Valley College, California State University Bakersfield-AV Campus, and Fresno State-AV.
Submitted by June Battey, Director, School-to-Career & ROP
Kentucky Department of Education for the Division of Career and Technical Education
Schools with innovative and entrepreneurship programs came to the Kentucky Department of Education for the Division of CTE office building lobby and set up displays to show what CTE in Kentucky is doing. There was also a Student Organization Leadership Day (SOLD) celebrated February 17. Student organizations came to Frankfort and met with representatives and senators and explained what CTE programs have done to educate them.
Submitted by Reeca G. Carver, FACS Program Consultant
McKeesport Area School District (Mckeesport, Pennsylvania)
The McKeesport Area School District held a Technology Center and Community Expo. At this expo, there was a career fair, live entertainment and an auction. The community was invited to this event.
Submitted by Laura Wilson, Business Technology Educator
Muscogee County School District (Columbus, Georgia)
Georgia’s Muscogee County School District celebrated CTE Month by hosting a career and technical expo. Taking place in a local mall, this event provided students and teachers the opportunity to share the value and importance of CTE. Exhibits and tables were set up to encourage attendees and passersby to learn about different CTE programs, including automobile technology, metalworking, graphic arts and drafting, and design instruction. Students performed demonstrations and teachers were nearby to help answer questions from passersby. Exhibits included a full-detail wooden model of a house and a battery operated car, both built by students.
Submitted by Audrey Bergeron, Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
National Academy Programs of the Peoria Unified School District (Peoria, Arizona)
On February 6, 2007 the National Academy Programs of the Peoria Unified School District came together to host a student leadership conference. These students are the future business owners and leaders in industry. The conference was planned by the Capstone students at Ironwood High School under the direction of Kathy Wilson, Ironwood Academy of Finance teacher. Students attended workshops, listened to motivational speakers and were treated to a fashion show organized by the Sunrise Mountain High School marketing students.
Submitted by Deb Moore, Marketing Teacher
National Park Technology Center (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
Student Appreciation Day was held to kick off the month. In honor of CTE Month, two open houses were held each week during the month of February. Students, campus staff and faculty, area schools, area business leaders and legislators were invited to attend. A Bring Your Parents to School Day was also celebrated and students were encouraged to invite their parents to attend their program area classes during the day. SkillsUSA students at the center recognized their teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day by delivering thank you notes and goodies to all CTE teachers on the campus.
Submitted by David Hughes, National Park Technology Center
Pioneer Career and Technology Center (Shelby, Ohio)
Students and instructors invited speakers and employers to the classrooms. During the month of February, the cosmetology lab offered free manicures on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Submitted by Vanessa Shutler, Job LEADS and Marketing Coordinator
Reardan High School (Reardan, Washington)
To celebrate both National CTE Month and National FBLA Week, the Reardan local chapter of FBLA officers put together a career day. The chapter officers acted as escorts, taking the speakers to the rooms in which they will present. This year there were 37 speakers/career areas, 328 students, and 132, 25-minute sessions during morning classes.
Each student registered over our local intranet for five, 25-minute sessions. In each session, junior high and high school students listened to professionals share their experiences in their career field. Career fields ranged from the business of professional sports to internet marketing. Some of the more popular career areas included photography, culinary arts, graphic design, and various branches of the Armed Forces. This the third career day Reardan High School has put on and it's done every other year to keep it fresh.
Submitted by Jeff Leavitt, CTE Coordinator and FBLA Advisor
South Arkansas Community College (El Dorado, Arkansas)
South Arkansas Community College celebrated CTE Month by doing a 30-minute talk show on a popular area radio station. They also hosted an expo in which students competed for the opportunity to compete in the state SkillsUSA and HOSA competitions. A slide show was put together to present during the expo. The college also visited 10th grade classes in area high schools and secured pre-enrollments for CTE courses.
Submitted by Larry Moser, Director, Secondary Career Center
Sunrise Mountain High School (Peoria, Arizona)
Several students from Sunrise Mountain High School participated in National Job Shadow Day with the help of the Valley Hotel and Resort Association. The students were allowed to visit Hilton Hotel properties to learn about careers in the hospitality industry.
Submitted by Deb Moore, Marketing Teacher