CTE program prepares kids for the workforce

Last week my eighth grader received a letter inviting her to take CTE elective courses. I didn’t know anything about the CTE program prior to this invitation, so I will share what I have learned.

CTE stands for Career & Technical Education. The goal of the Idaho CTE program is to teach students skills that will help prepare them for the workforce. Six of the programs begin in ninth grade, the other 12 programs do not begin until 10th grade. Most of the students can receive college credits, industry certification or possible internships in each field.

This program has courses in:

  • Automotive Services
  • Health Sciences
  • Protective Services
  • Computer Sciences
  • Plant and Animal Sciences
  • Culinary Arts
  • Construction

I think the program is very innovative. It teaches kids useful and employable skills. It also gives them the opportunity to “try out” a potential career. In some instances, students can even work in the field as part of their education, like the Renaissance Cafe.

One of the amazing benefits of the CTE program, is the high percentage of students (94%) who graduate and get a job or go on to college. With Idaho’s graduation rate at 79 percent programs like this one have the potential to increase graduation rates and prepare students for the workforce.

My daughter is looking into the culinary arts program. I can’t wait for her to start making some amazing dinners!

What are your experiences or thoughts on CTE programs?

Melanie Flake

Melanie Flake

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