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Career and Tech Ed classes helping raise DCSD student achievement

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CASTLE ROCK— Douglas County School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program is not your mother or father’s vocational education. CTE students are gaining hands-on experience in real-world scenarios, which helps raise student achievement.

Whether they are building robots, launching rockets, catering events or proposing advertising campaigns to local businesses, CTE students are gaining skills designed to help them get a great job in a field they love.

“Career and tech ed is vital to our students’ lives today. It gives them foundations to help them realize their passions for when they leave high school and go to college. They’ll have real life skills they can use every day,” said Kimberly Baldwin, who teaches Family and Consumer Science at Ponderosa High School.

Hey DCSD Students!

If you are interested in taking a CTE course that your high school does not offer, you may submit an application to participate in a class at a neighboring high school or college.

If accepted, you must provide your own transportation.

Learn more on the Career and Technical Education page

At ThunderRidge High School, marketing students are gaining the opportunity to role-play and get involved in real-world business scenarios and marketing concepts.

“The confidence this has helped me gain with marketing has truly helped me stand above other kids in trying to go out to jobs and trying to get different scholarships,” said ThunderRidge student Kylee Franci.

Jasmine Boshell, who is taking Ponderosa High School’s automotive class, had left school for a few years before learning of the program.

“I came back specifically to take this class,” she said.

The CTE programs additionally allow students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, saving parents thousands of dollars in college tuition.

“When many of our students leave high school they are leaving with a minimum of three credits, if they’ve taken at least one course—but we have many students who are well over 15 credits up to 30 credits by the time they graduate from their high schools,” said Sheri Bryant, who coordinates DCSD’s CTE program. “While chronologically they are a college freshmen on paper, many are entering as sophomores.”

Take a look at the CTE classes around the Douglas County School District:

 

Catering at Ponderosa High School

 

Biotechnology at Rock Canyon High School

 

Automotive at Ponderosa High School

 

Marketing at ThunderRidge High School

 

Woodworking at Ponderosa High School

 

Theatre tech at Chaparral High School

 

Alternative Cooperation at Highlands Ranch High School

 

Engineering at Castle View High School

February 8, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Career and Technical Education

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