Today, Navarro ISD was awarded a check for $22,340. The check will be used for the Computer Maintenance and Networking CTE pathway.
It was donated by the Seguin Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Workforce Solutions Alamo.
Director of Technology and CTE, Betsy Flood, applied for this grant through the EDC to grow our Information Technology pathways.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.
If you look just at the effects of mixing CTE courses into the regular academic schedules of students who plan to attend college, there are at least three major benefits worth highlighting.
The Ability to Make Informed Decisions
First, CTE can be used as a way for these college-bound students to investigate potential areas of study at the next level. They will be able to “dip their toes in the water,” so to speak, which will help prevent students from starting down one career path in college only to discover it’s not the right one for them. Such a late discovery would cost the student in both tuition and time.
This experience will help students not only to make sure that the overall field is right for them, but also to narrow down potential areas of focus within the larger area of study. They will get hands-on, practical experience with potential careers and then can weigh their options to make more-informed decisions about their futures.
Gaining Skills Not Covered in College
Furthermore, students planning to attend a four-year academic college after high school will learn something they may not encounter at a university but that certainly will be expected of them when they begin their careers: “soft skills.”
Soft skills include problem solving, time management, critical thinking, and work ethic, among other abilities that employers look for in job candidates. With CTE experience under their belts, these students will be better prepared than other candidates when it comes time to go from college to the workforce, regardless of occupation or career path.
The Competitive Advantage Over Other College Applicants
Finally, the combination of the previous two benefits — gaining a better sense of their exact path forward and developing the soft skills that highlight a well-rounded background — makes these CTE Pathway Completers more attractive to college admissions officers and recruiters. A college application with a CTE Pathway Completion certificate attached will give these traditional-education students a competitive advantage over other K-12 students during the college admissions process.
As you can see, then, this new era of CTE in the K-12 classroom is beneficial both for schools and for students. And, whether those students are training to go directly into the workforce, to a trade school, or to an academic college, CTE is proving to be an indispensable step along the way.