The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has developed a podcast series dedicated to middle school career exploration. Over five episodes we will hear from a variety of practitioners diligently working in this space of middle school career exploration, as they share their thoughts and ideas on why and how exploring careers in middle school is important to the development of adolescents.

Podcast Episodes

Ep. 1 — Preparing Middle School Students for High School Choices
ACTE has developed a new podcast series dedicated to middle school career exploration. Hear Nasheba Pritchett, school counselor at Goodlettsville Middle School, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, discuss “Preparing Middle School Students for High School Choices” in the first of five episodes. Listen on PodBean.

Ep. 2 — CTE in Comprehensive High Schools
In the second and latest episode of ACTE’s Career Exploration in Middle School podcast series, Doug Cullen, Manager of Career Services at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire discusses what it means to manage career and technical education at a comprehensive high school in middle school and beyond. Listen on PodBean.

Ep. 3 — Exploring Middle School Agriscience and Employability Skills
The third installment of ACTE’s Career Exploration in Middle School podcast series features Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor, Dr. Robin C. McLean. Dr. McLean opens up about what it means to teach agriculture to middle school students and how to use the classroom to promote career exploration. You can follow Dr. McLean on Twitter. Listen on PodBean.

Ep. 4 — The State Agency Perspective and Career Readiness
Join ACTE’s Chaney Mosley for episode 4 of the middle school podcast series as he chats with Heather Justice, the Division Director of College, Career and Military Prep at the Texas Education Agency. From worked-based learning to different school models, Heather Justice talks about what it’s like serving the 5.3 million students in the state of Texas. Listen on PodBean.

Ep. 5 — Middle School Career Exploration in Louisa County Public Schools
In the final episode of the ACTE Middle School Podcast series as host Chaney Mosley chats with Louisa County Public School’s Bo Bundrick, Director of Career and Technical Education and his colleague Kenneth Bouwens, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education. Both Bundrick and Bouwens explain the evolution of their careers, a day in their lives and how the community and school supports their CTE programs. Listen on PodBean.