CTE Showcase of Appreciation and Innovation

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February is CTE Month. The Association for Career & Technical Education promotes CTE Month as a public awareness campaign occurring each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

There are many ways to celebrate 2020–2021 CTE Month:

Highlights from Connecticut's CTE teachers and students:

Derby High School

The Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology certificate provides students with the opportunity to train in a hands-on manufacturing environment. Throughout the duration of their training, students will develop an advanced level of skillsets that will lead directly into a career in the vast world of manufacturing. The programs were developed in response to Connecticut manufacturers’ needs for a highly-skilled workforce to match the needs of the regional industry sector partnerships around the state of Connecticut that graduates of the program are placed with.

The partnership built between Derby High School and Housatonic Community College, College Connections, brings these opportunities directly to Derby juniors and seniors. In the final two years of their high school career, these students will have access to the state of the art equipment as well as Housatonic college professors to complete the first half of the Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology certificate. Upon graduation, they can matriculate into the full-time program at Housatonic Community College to complete the second half of the certificate. The College Connections students that have completed the certificate have begun on-the-job apprenticeships with their full-time employers within a year of graduating high school.

Shelton High School

Shelton Career Technical Education is excited to celebrate our budding entrepreneurs!  Three of our SHS Housatonic Community College Entrepreneurs earned awards in the CT Elevator Pitch Contest hosted annually by the community college and Entrepreneur Foundation.  The students were Dylan Brown, William McGuire, and Ryan Welsh who are in the process of developing their entrepreneurial businesses entitled 'Wrist Buddies' and Ryan's authentic maple syrup, 'Mostly Maple'.  Congratulations to our students and wish them success in their business endeavors!

Hamden High School

Hamden Engineering Career Academy (HECA) is a collaboration amongst Hamden Public Schools, Gateway Community College, and Manufacture CT.  This partnership brings a Manufacturing Engineering based program to Hamden HS that offers students an opportunity to concurrently earn an Associate of Science Degree from Gateway CC in Manufacturing Engineering, while enrolled in HS.  There are also pathways within HECA that can culminate in workforce readiness certificates in Computer Aided Design.  Students in HECA engage in a 150-hour Pre-Apprenticeships at local manufacturers, and take courses specifically geared towards workforce and career readiness. 

Newington High School

 Mr. Christopher Kerr, an 8 year Computer Science CTE teacher at Newington High School and current president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers association runs an end-of-year culminating technology exhibition for his students in the cafeteria during lunch waves.  This exhibition called "NEXT" (Newington Expo of Technology) allows students to promote and receive user feedback on their final video game and mobile application projects.  It's a fantastic celebration of students creating with technology in front of an authentic audience and allows them to practice their soft skills while also giving the Computer Science courses free marketing!  If you haven't considered creating your own exhibition it's worth doing, you never know when a student will ask, "what’s NEXT?" 


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