WHS CTE Continues to Thrive in the Time of COVID-19
Regardless of your role, I think we can all agree that 2020 has thrown a few curve balls our way. In spite of the unpredictable nature of the spring, we remain committed to ensuring we meet the needs of our students and continue to prepare them for success after high school. Adequate preparation to enter the workforce is critical for our students, no matter how they engage with the content.
The success of CTE last spring was evident in many ways:
- More than 60 students lettered in a Career Tech Ed Student Organization CTSO. This demonstration of commitment included completion of at least 10 hours of work-based learning, 30 hours of community service, being a member in good standing, and take part in the CTSO competition(s) that are held each spring.
- The 2020 plant sale was one of the most successful in recent history. Community members purchased plants online then had a scheduled pick-up time at the WHS greenhouse. All went smoothly!
- Almost 70 students earned an industry credential last spring. WHS CTE offered 19 industry credentials These credentials give students an advantage in the very competitive job market and increase a student’s earning potential as well.
- WHS CTE received a Perkins Innovation Grant last spring. It supports work-based learning that includes a new irrigation system for our greenhouse, hydroponic grow walls, a microgreen growing system and a food truck for our culinary program. External partners are essential to the experience for our students. Students in multiple CTE pathways will be program partners in business development and community outreach.
This fall, Westminster Public Schools opened with face-to-face instruction on August 20th. We are now embedding college readiness for CTE programs by aligning the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-Related Programme (CP) with the Bioscience pathway. This program promotes intercultural understanding and respect, develops workplace skills and provides students an opportunity to address an authentic community need. You will hear more about this program throughout the year.
New courses were added to various pathways. To Culinary/Hospitality we added Culinary Essentials. Three courses in this pathway allow students to earn college credit from Metropolitan State University (MSU). To Engineering we added Project Lead The Way Aerospace. This will evolve into its own Aerospace and Aviation pathway in 2021-22 with the addition of the Drone Operations and Robotics course in partnership with Spartan College.