Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields including healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and many more. CTE Month, celebrated every February, is a public awareness campaign celebrating the value of CTE and the achievements of programs throughout the country.
In West Ada School District, CTE month is an opportunity to celebrate the dedicated instructors sharing industry-specific knowledge with students, the career-technical student organizations who open doors to competition and leadership, and community partnerships with business and post-secondary programs.
On January 29, 2020, CTE students from throughout the state participated in the annual Student Day at the Legislature event where they advocated for continued CTE funding while conversing with elected officials and educational leaders.
Culinary arts instructor Brooke Scoville, of CTE Center at Renaissance Campus, recently passed her practical exam for the certified working pastry chef certification through the American Culinary Federation. Chefs must recertify in their area of expertise every 3-5 years, and there are 16 certification levels available for certification.
Colleague Vern Hickman shared the judges of the four-hour examination boasted of Scoville’s performance saying it was the best example they had witnessed for the certification level.