During the month of February, students and teachers across our state are taking time to celebrate Career & Technical Education.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” In honor of that theme, we plan to celebrate TODAY with another round of the popular Webinar Wednesday’s, where CTE professionals will share information on popular topics, in order to provide support and guidance to those looking for new and innovative ways to improve their programs. In addition, we’re going to own TOMORROW by profiling the future of CTE. We’ll be showcasing YOUR CTE students each week. Our CTE STAR Student nominations will be completed by teachers, counselors, and administrators who can’t wait to share their brightest and best with the rest of us. These nominations are welcome from both secondary and post-secondary CTE programs. More information about the upcoming webinar series will be released soon.
Career & Technical Education prepares all students to be college & career-ready. CTE equips students with core academic skills, employability skills & job-specific technical skills related to a specific career pathway.
In South Dakota, CTE courses are offered in middle schools, high schools, technical institutes, and universities. Students access courses at their local school districts, at regional CTE centers, and online.
Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into Career Clusters®. Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities.
Amy Miller, Assistant Principal – Webster Area High School: Amy's discussion focused on CTE programs and their relationships with business and industry in the Webster Area. Last year, during CTE Month, Amy organized a Workforce Development Workshop to address the question "How can education and industry collaborate to improve workforce needs in Day County?" The event was attended by over 70 community members and school district personnel. As a result of the daylong event, community members made plans to provide a career day to middle school students and increased internship opportunities to high school students.
Brooke Lingbeck, Business Teacher Groton Area High School: In only her second year of teaching, Brooke has dived in, head first, to the student internship program at Groton High School. Brooke has worked to make the program effective, valuable, and mutually beneficial for her community and her students. Brooke ensures her students are held accountable for their end of the internship expectations, and integrates classroom time into preparing them for their experience. Her discussion involved many questions and answers, and new ideas for everyone participating.
Connie Whistler, Karen Roudabush, and Frankie Lux, the CTE team from Bridgewater-Emery High School will be discussing their unique and successful approach to advisory committees. An active advisory committee is a requirement for an approved CTE program, and the team from Bridgewater-Emery has used creative tactics to make the requirement work for them, their communities, and their students!
1st Place: Maggie Dahme – Britton-Hecla High School
2nd Place: Samantha Johnson – Mitchell High School
3rd Place: Rob McFall – Vermillion High School