County schools kick off CTE Month observance

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 2/1/18

Today, Bradley County Schools is kicking off a series of events and activities to observe Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. The Association for Career & …

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County schools kick off CTE Month observance

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Today, Bradley County Schools is kicking off a series of events and activities to observe Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. 

The Association for Career & Technical Education created this observance, and Bradley County Schools is joining many school districts nationwide to celebrate career-related subjects.

“We feel it is very important to continue to focus on these programs,” said Arlette Robinson, CTE director for Bradley County Schools. “The classes students take prepare them for their future careers.”

The two county high schools – Bradley Central and Walker Valley – are each hosting open house events tonight. Robinson said this will be a great opportunity for the public to see what students are doing. 

The schools currently offer programs in everything from cosmetology to welding, and students and faculty will be on hand to show off their classrooms and talk about what they do. Today’s open house at Bradley Central is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Walker Valley’s is from 5 to 7 p.m. 

In the coming weeks, the school leaders will also be helping students in elementary and middle school learn more about the CTE opportunities available to them. 

On Feb. 15 and 16, groups of elementary school students will visit the high schools to meet CTE students and learn about their programs. Each student will take a career interest quiz beforehand, and be paired with a specific program to explore. 

Students on the middle school level will also have the opportunity to take part in creating videos related to CTE studies this month. 

“We are really focusing now on helping younger students explore their career interests before they get to high school,” said Robinson. 

Robinson will also be participating in a “Day on the Hill” with other school CTE leaders in Nashville this month. They will talk to state legislators about what is being offered to students, and the importance of funding such programs. 

Though not directly related to CTE Month, she added that there are some other important happenings taking place in February. These include an event during which teachers will be trained on new mechatronics equipment and the official start of the new TVA CADNet program, which will allow high school students to do computer-aided drafting work with the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

“We have a lot being planned for the coming months as well,” Robinson said. “It really is going to be an exciting semester for us.” 

For more information on Bradley County’s CTE programs and events, visit www.ThinkCTE.org

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