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Career and Technical Education Month

How We Celebrated CTE Month 2010



Here's a sample of how CTE programs across the country celebrated CTE Month 2010.

Lowndes County Schools (Valdosta, Georgia)

The Lowndes High School CTE program used the CTE Month logo to promote CTE throughout the community all month long. Stainless-steel tumblers and recyclable bags with the logo were given to school board members, and all middle and high school teachers, counselors and administrators received recyclable bags with information about the CTE programs. The logo was used by the local newspaper to showcase CTE in a special insert in the Sunday, Feb. 14 edition of the paper, which reached the entire community and raised awareness and support of CTE.

Each program area at Lowndes High School nominated two students to compete to be Mr. and Mrs. CTE. Each nominee completed an application that included such questions as CTE courses taken, how CTE classes have prepared the student for his or her future career, and what the student likes best about LHS. This year, Mr. CTE is Patrick Chancy, a senior and member of HOSA, Student Council, BETA Club and varsity tennis. Mrs. CTE is Elizabeth Diaz, a senior and member of HOSA, who has taken nine CTE courses in the areas of health care science, and business and computer science.

Submitted by Lynne Wilson, Director of CTAE and Public Relations

Virginia Career Education Foundation (Richmond, Virginia)

In celebration of CTE Month, the Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF) offered career resources to all school divisions and counselors in the state. Resources included CTE bookmarks, career clusters posters featuring a graduate of a career pathway program (more than 50 success stories), career cluster book covers and quiz game, a four-page career planning guide, statistics of ninth graders in the U.S. and how to use it in an interactive activity, sets of success stories for posters, bulletin boards, games and scavenger hunts, and links to other resources on the Web site. The organization filled 128 requests this year, double from last year.

The organization communicated information about CTE Month through e-mail messages to school divisions, a specific tag line developed for the month, posting on two VCEF Web sites and in calendars of events, and Virginia’s governor signed a proclamation that was distributed to all school divisions by the Department of Education CTE office in Virginia. The VCEF staff made four presentations at a middle school career event, had a display table at a workforce development center's "Empowering the Community" event, provided materials for a high school career event and met with the Secretary of Education for the commonwealth.

Submitted by Emily H. Richardson, Ed.D., President, VCEF

Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia)

The school held three events during CTE Month. The first event was on Feb. 3, when the business and technology department held its first Mock Interview Fair for the students in the department. With more than 21 business partners volunteering their time, they interviewed more than 200 juniors and seniors. Students were required to bring completed job applications and resumes to the interviews. Not only were the students asked questions, but they were also given the opportunity to ask the interviewers questions. At the end of the interview, students were given rating sheets that critiqued their resumes, checked for professional dress and rated the whole interview process.

On Friday, Feb. 5, a group of students from the business and technology department visited Georgia Gwinnett College for the College Pipeline Tour. The event was designed to encourage students to start thinking about their career plans after high school. Students were welcomed by the vice president of the college, who provided information about the four-year school. Students also participated in career-related workshops led by Junior Achievement volunteers, and they were given valuable information about the admission process from admissions and financial aid counselors.

The third event was a group of CTSO members went to Rock Tenn Corporation on Feb. 16 for a job-shadow experience. Students were given a tour of the digital and advertising design departments. Managers explained how everything worked and reiterated that the importance of creativity and teamwork among employees was very valuable to the success of the corporation. The vice president, human resource director and accounting director spoke to the students and shared their personal career experiences, and their overlying message was encouragement and for the students to start planning for their careers now.

Submitted by Beverly Mayes, Work Based Learning Coordinator

Pioneer Career and Technology Center (Shelby, Ohio)

During February, Pioneer hosted a number of events including a mayoral proclamation for CTE Month, Pioneer Green Buck day to tie in National Recycling Week, recognizing the guidance staff, Tuesday trivia questions, a blood drive, invited speakers during National Entrepreneur Week, Junior Job Shadowing Day and senior project presentations followed by mock interviews with students on “Dress for Success” day. Each year during February, Pioneer presents the Ralph Phillips Business Partner of the Year award, and the local television station ran a story about Grant Milliron, president and owner of Milliron Industries, receiving the award.

Submitted by Laurie Kirk, Job LEADS Coordinator

Upper Valley JVS (Piqua, Ohio)

On February 18, the school held two different events to celebrate the school’s 35th anniversary. Rep. Dr. Richard Adams presented a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives at a school ceremony, with representatives from the school board and superintendent attending the event. In the evening, the school hosted a Distinguished Alumni recognition banquet, and the school recognized 11 alumni and one “honorary award.” Nominations for the award are received through an application process and selected by a committee. In order to qualify for the award, nominees must have graduated at least 10 years prior and be individuals who have distinguished him/herself both personally and professionally.

Submitted by Deb Holthaus, Instructional Supervisor

Lee Summit R-7 High Schools (Lee Summit, Missouri)

During a special presentation at the Feb. 18 Board of Education meeting, several students from all three Lee Summit high schools made presentations on entrepreneurship and called attention to national CTE Month. Patrick Stoddart, a Lee's Summit High School senior and Future Business Leaders of America member, developed a new calendar system after he saw a need to more effectively communicate school events, activities and reminders. Patrick wrote a Web-based program that sends e-mail and text message from the school’s calendar of events. To help Patrick get his business off the ground, he teamed with Ryan Denish, a third-year DECA member, to develop a marketing plan and a financial plan for Patrick’s business, which is called RED (Real-time Events Delivered).

At Lee's Summit North High School, DECA members Michael Iseman, Taylor Blakely and McCall Christopher organized a successful public relations project to raise awareness about resources needed for teens with unexpected pregnancies. The team chose Rachel House as their beneficiary and hosted a teacher-versus-student basketball game. Zach Treece and Austin Moughler, Lee's Summit West High School DECA members, completed a market research study for an investment brokerage firm. Austin and Zach took on the role of acting as officers of the brokerage firm in order to write a strategic plan for the improvement of a training program for the firm.

Submitted by Elaine Metcalf, Career Education Coordinator

Surry County Schools (Surry, North Carolina)

During the week of Feb. 15-19, Surry’s three high schools scheduled guest speakers to speak to students for two sessions each day, with each speaker visiting all three schools. The school selected speakers by career clusters, and the speakers talked about the cluster rather than a specific career. They had representatives from arts; audio/video technology and science; science technology, engineering and mathematics; transportation, distribution and logistics; agriculture, food and natural resources; and architecture and construction. The sessions were open to any student, and each student could sign up for a maximum of two sessions, with each session limited to 60 students. At the end of each presentation, students filled out a guest speaker report. This is the first year for the program, and the schools sent surveys to the teachers asking for feedback and suggestions for next year.

Submitted by Jean Collins, IMC/CTE Instructional Specialist

Avery County Schools (Avery County, North Carolina)

During CTE Month, all the CTE teachers wore a special t-shirt each Wednesday and made announcements for the students to ask questions about their CTE programs. The career center decorated the CTE Board with clippings from newspapers and posters about CTE courses and information. The schools worked with Gear Up to provide tours and an information fair for their county’s eighth-grade students during CTE month. Each CTE class has a booth with CTE students and eighth-grade students asked questions to see what the programs were about and the fair promoted the CTSOs. Each week the local newspapers profiled a student in a specific CTE pathway, including a photo and biography of the student and CTE courses.

Submitted by Gwen Clark, Agricultural Education/FFA at Avery County High School

South Elgin High School (South Elgin, Illinois)

On Feb. 25, South Elgin High School held an open house meeting to showcase their automotive programs, which is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The program invited approximately 150 parents, automotive businesses, advisory board members, district officials, principals and superintendents. During the event, attendees toured the program and learned the benefits of the program to the school and students participating, including information about the curriculum, equipment and instructors.

Submitted by Steven A. Schertz, automotive instructor at South Elgin High School

Avondale High School (Avondale Estates, Georgia)

Avondale created door hangers (much like the "Do Not Disturb" signs at hotels) that included the CTE Month logo and theme. Students cut out the door hangers and hung them on every door knob in the building to advertise CTE Month. Additionally, announcements were made daily to enlighten the student body about the month and encourage them to invest in their futures. On Feb. 11, the school held a college/career fair in the school gym, with several colleges and businesses attending. The career fair served as an opportunity for students to invest in their future by learning about their post secondary and career opportunities. On Feb. 23 (in honor of National Pancake Day), students hosted a pancake breakfast with business members from the community, student members of CTE organizations, administrators and staff.

Submitted by Glenda Ferguson, Business Teacher and FBLA Advisor

Locust Grove High School (Locust Grove, Georgia)

To celebrate CTE Month and National Job Shadow Day, Locust Grove High School’s CTI program had 15 students out in the community within various industries, including a personal trainer, private school administrator and dentist. One student actually applied a stitch during a surgical procedure at the local veterinary clinic. The industry professionals were not only impressed with the professional attire of the students, but their poise and professional presentation of themselves. This first impression left by these students has the community asking for future opportunities to mentor these young people and sponsorship opportunities for future CTI events. One of the best things about job shadowing is the minimal commitment that’s involved from the student’s perspective versus the potential knowledge that is gained by participants. Another positive aspect of this undertaking is the forging of valuable professional connections during a down economy, which can increase your chances significantly in securing an internship or job in the future.

Submitted by Phillip Starke, Career & Technical Instruction Coordinator

Ohio Department of Education

In collaboration with February as national CTE Month and with the theme of the 2010 Ohio Economic-Education Summit, the Ohio Department of Education featured one of their local education-business partnerships (Tri Star and Coldwater Machine) on the home page of their Web site. The company was able to work around what was once its life blood (auto industry) and thrive—a story of success made possible because education (secondary and postsecondary) and industry leaders are working together. Ohio held its third annual Economic-Education Summit Feb. 22-24 that focused on education and industry collaboration.

Submitted by Pat Huston, Manager, Products & Customer Service

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