Students and faculty at Friendswood High School celebrated national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February.
This year’s theme was Recognizing Classroom Innovators!
CTE Month provided CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.
“The theme for CTE month is really perfect for Friendswood High School,” CTE Director Debbie Woodson said. “Our teachers are classroom innovators in so many ways. Students have such valuable opportunities that will benefit them now and in the future.”
CTE classes offer great opportunities for FHS students.
Ready Set Teach, new this year, offers teacher training while in high school. The class is filled with eager students who look forward to working with elementary and junior high teachers who allow the students to participate in the many areas in which teachers are involved.
Business Internships Class is new this year. During this class, these students have worked at school and at local banks and credit unions.
Health Science Career courses offer a Practicum in Health Sciences where students learn to be Pharmacy Techs. Pharmacy Tech students are getting ready to take their iv- Certification test as part of their course work. Ag Science has the Vet Tech program. Both of these programs offer training for students so they can sit for the certifications upon graduation.
Students in Aerospace Engineering, also new, had a scuba experience with a simulated underwater airlock at the district natatorium.
Culinary Arts students catered the Faculty Night at the FHS musical, Mary Poppins and served more than 200. They also catered a Young Life Event along with culinary groups from Clear Creek ISD. The FHS students offer a faculty lunch program, Cafe Blue every month.
The Floral Design class was asked to do the flowers for the second year for the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce Gala. They also created holiday wreaths for sale as well as Valentine orders for floral arrangements.
The Ag Science teachers and their students have been involved in FFA livestock shows in Fort Worth and will be in San Antonio Feb. 17-20. They will participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March and the County Fair in April. Students in these classes are working on a Barn Open House for the community in April.
FHS’ Law and Public Safety career classes are popular for students interested in this area. Friendswood Police Detective and Fire Chief from Pearland have both been guest speakers in the Law and Public Safety class.
These are but a few examples of activities in CTE classes at FHS that illustrate rigor and relevance for students involved.
To end the celebratory month, Woodson and her assistant Lisa Cowie planned and orchestrated a department-wide chili cookoff. The many CTE departments as well as the other academic departments competed in a large cookoff that offered the entire faculty lunch after the judging was completed. Paul Tucker, Social Studies teacher, represented the entire Social Studies department picking up their first place trophy and ribbon.