February was Career and Technical Education Month. CTE courses provide critical learning and hands-on skills in pathways within eight areas of study. The CTE students are taught skills which will help them gain knowledge in careers of high interest and high demand. Our CTE teachers in Weber School District put much time and energy into educating the students about the technical skills as well as the “soft skills.” These include a positive attitude, understanding how to work hard, being able to communicate well with others, being able to work well in groups to solve problems, and showing up on time. One of the programs I supervise is Family and Consumer Science.
After reading about the closing of the preschools at Plain City and West Weber Elementary schools in Weber district (Jan. 28 “Parents upset by closure of preschools”), I could hear the frustration. Weber School District CTE Department has one of the best kept secrets. We offer preschool and day care for the community in each high school. The preschools are overseen by a full-time family and consumer science teacher as well as facilitators and aides in the preschool/day care. The classes are taught by the facilitators and aides as well as high school students who are taking our early childhood education courses.
The high school students are learning to write lesson plans, interact with young children, as well as learning how to teach them. The high school students in this course are also working on their child development associates degree. They are highly qualified to be working with the school districts youngest.
Our day care and preschools accept students 3-5 years of age. It is an excellent teaching opportunity for our high school students and a wonderful learning environment for the preschoolers. A few high schools have room for immediate enrollment and all schools are currently accepting applications for fall classes.
This is a great solution to the closing of the preschools at the elementary schools. Great things are happening in CTE.
Celebrate career and technical education.
Bonneville High School