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February is Career and Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education Month


CTE Month February 17, 2017 | Academically Prepared | February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month—a great opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution CTE is making to individual students, the district and the community. 


CTE instruction aims at developing foundational skills, core workplace competencies, and specific skill competencies in various occupational areas. Students enrolled in CTE courses learn through hands-on instruction and real world application of skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships, practicums, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, dual enrollment programs, and apprenticeships. These programs allow students meaningful opportunities to apply their academic and technical skills.


At its core, the mission of CTE is to prepare students for success in college and careers by helping them develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor, and real-world experience for high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers.


During the 2015-16 school year, 3,635 New Caney ISD students participated in at least one CTE course. New Caney ISD has 67 CTE teachers and offers over 310 CTE classes covering 16 career clusters. A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products.


The career clusters include: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, A/V Technology & Communications; Business, Management & Administration; Education & Training; Finance; Government & Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. 


Through CTE, students have the opportunity to gain certifications, licenses and college credits as they gain skills that last a lifetime. During the 2015-16 school year, NCISD students earned a total of 980 industry-based licenses or certifications.


NCISD students have the opportunity to earn a license or certification in the following areas: OSHA/CareerSafe, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core, NCCER Welding I, NCCER Carpentry I, Texas Hunter Safety, Texas Boater Safety, Final Cut Pro Certification, Microsoft WORD Specialist, Microsoft EXCEL Specialist, Microsoft ACCESS Specialist, Intuit QuickBooks Certified User 2013 Certification, Pharmacy Technician Certification, Certified Medical Billing Technician, Medical IV Certification, Pro Start Certification, ServSafe Certification, CPR/First Aid Certification, Cosmetology Operator License, 9-1-1 CERT: Community Emergency Response Team Certification, Texas Commission on Fire Protection, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Auto Tech Safety and Pollution Certification, National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification, International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) Well Control Certificate, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Floral Design Level I Certificate.


In the 2015-2016 school year, CTE students generated more than $925,000 in scholarships and exhibitions in Future Farmers of America and 4-H. That is an increase of more than $195,000 from the previous year and was a reflection of increased participation in national competitions and events. Additionally, 150 CTE teams won their district/area/regional level competitions and 138 teams advanced to state level competitions, which is more than double the number of state competitors from the previous year. Additionally, eight teams advanced to national events and one team placed first in their national competition.


CTE programs are an investment in our students and provide them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce and succeed.