Welding, nursing and agricultural mechanics systems are three of the many career and technology pathways that local high school students can pursue and were featured at recent open houses for Career and Technical Education programs.
Tooele High School held a CTE open house on Jan. 28 and Grantsville High held one on Jan. 30. Stansbury High will hold its CTE open house on Feb. 24 in conjunction with its Stallion Stampede — a traditional night for clubs to recruit new students.
The open houses are designed to help students and parents learn about the variety of career and technical education programs offered by the Tooele County School District, both at the schools and at the Community Learning Center, according to Kristy McLachlan, the school district’s CTE director.
The school district offers students 13 different CTE programs. Each program offers multiple pathways, and a set of classroom and other learning experiences that when completed lead to a skill certificate.
A skill certificate lets employers know that the student has demonstrated proficiency in statewide standards of knowledge and performance, according to Mclachlan.
The 13 program areas are: agriculture, food, and natural resources; architecture and construction; arts, audio/visual technology and communications; business, finance and marketing; education and training; engineering and technology; health science; hospitality and tourism; human service; information technology; law, public safety, corrections and security; manufacturing; and transportation, distribution, and logistics.
Along with the 13 pathways, the school district also has industry led pathways with extended job shadows in aerospace, medical innovations and medical devices.
Some of the skill certificates that students can complete include welding, cabinet making and millwork, dental assistant, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, computer aided design, and information technology systems.
There are at least 40 different skill certificates that can be earned by students.
“About half of our students will complete a skill certificate in at least one pathway,” McLachlan said. “Even if they are headed to college, having a job skill can be helpful.”