CTE Students Take the Lead at WHS!
One of the goals of the WPS Career Tech Education (CTE) program is to move the learning out of the classroom and into real-world settings that both promote our program and educate the broader community about CTE. This fall our teachers and students took part in several events that did exactly that!
In November, many of our CTE programs collaborated with the theater program for a production of “Dinner at 8, Dead by 9.” This was an interactive, comedic murder mystery that had the audience laughing out loud as they “helped” to figure out who dunnit! Dinner programs were designed by our graphic design program, table centerpieces by our plant science students, and the full menu designed and prepared by our culinary students. Shows were sold out and attendees can’t wait for the next dinner theater production!
As featured in the "Dream, Plan, Do Day Showcases Career Opportunities for WHS Students" story, WHS CET also took part in two events to help educate current and future WHS CTE students about our pathways and opportunities after high school. We held our first internal career fair that partnered our CTE pathways with related industry partners and post-secondary institutions. This gave our 9th-12th graders the opportunity to make connections between their CTE courses and see what is possible for them after high school. In the afternoon, we invited our 8th-grade students to tour our CTE pathways, along with other WHS clubs and programs to get them excited to be a Westy Wolf next year! Thank you to everyone that took part in Dream. Plan. Do. Day! Your support helps to broaden and deepen the educational experience for all of our students!
We built on the energy of Dream. Plan. Do. Day! by representing WHS at the Adams County Commissioners’ Career Expo. This is an annual event that brings all 8th-graders in Adams County to the Denver Mart to learn about CTE pathways in area high schools and talk with dozens of industry and post-secondary options representatives. Thousands of 8th-grade students had the chance to explore and investigate multiple career pathways. Our CTE students are the “career experts” in this setting and answered questions about the WHS pathways, as well as how to pursue this career pathway after high school. It is a great opportunity for them to demonstrate leadership skills, content expertise and promote our programs at the same time!
We closed out our busy fall with our 2nd CTE Makerspace night. Participants learned how to make holiday pies, wreaths, techie ornaments, and much more with the help of our students and teachers. The energy in the room was palpable and many people ended up adding on other items throughout the evening because they were having so much fun!
As you can see, if has been a busy fall but we couldn’t be more proud of our CTE teachers and students! They make this program come alive and take pride in their work! The next big event is Westy’s Got Skills, which is being held January 15, 2020 at Westminster High School from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. This event is a qualifying round for students to move onto the next level of competition in their CTE Student Organization (CTSO). If you are interested in judging, please email Lottie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is invited to attend! Hope to see you there!