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Temple Grandin Brings Powerful Message, Support for CTE Programs to WHS

Temple Grandin never let her diagnosis of autism define her and she is living proof that everyone has abilities and skills that defy labels. Grandin, the subject of the critically acclaimed HBO movie, came to Westminster High School (WHS) on Feb. 4 to talk about her life and encourage students to explore all available career choices.

Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and an expert in animal behavior. Teachers from the Career & Technical Education (CTE) program at WHS invited her to come and speak about careers in the animal sciences industry. Along with answering questions about the livestock facilities she has designed, Grandin also spoke to the importance of CTE opportunities for high school students. Grandin noted that there are different kinds of learners, including visual learners that are likely to thrive in hands-on jobs like plumbing, electrical and welding.

"These are good jobs that are not going to get replaced by automation and by computers or artificial intelligence," said Grandin.

By days end they had a much better appreciation of not just CTE programs, but also the human spirit. Click through the photo gallery above to take a look at Grandin's presentation.