Students and faculty at Friendswood High School will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.
This year’s theme is Recognizing Classroom Innovators CTE Month provides 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 allows students to explore career pathways earlier within their educational years by offering; academic, technical and employable skills necessary for career success such as:
Ready Set Teach, This class offers hands on experience to high school students interested in pursuing a career within the educational field. Allowing them to work with students and teachers at the elementary and junior high levels.
Business Internships Class, allows students to have work experience at local businesses: Hometown Bank of Friendswood, ACU (Associated Credit Union) and at the FISD administration building. This provides valuable class and onsite business experience.
Health Science Career courses have been a growing popularity practicum of health and science career pathways.
Pharmacy Tech and Ag Science Vet Tech programs offer training to high school students preparing for certification testing after graduation.
Culinary Arts students prepare and cater to the needs of the school district. The FHS culinary students offer a faculty lunch program Café Blue every month and have catered to preshow dinners to over 200 guests at a time.
The Floral Design class also allows students to use their artistic ability to design and assemble flower arrangements for events throughout the community, including Friendswood Chamber of Commerce Gala, holiday wreaths and Valentines Day.
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.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more.
CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. At a time when job opportunity is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.