By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Jenkins High School that offers agriculture, welding, coding and robotics classes to students is setting its sights on strengthening and improving the school’s options over the coming year.
Cody Peone, CTE Director, recently shared a plan with the Chewelah School Board to continue to build CTE offerings at the school while ensuring that students get transcript equivalency for CTE classes when they apply for college. The school board approved the CTE plan at the Nov. 16 meeting.
Plans to help current teachers get CTE certified are continuing and Peone is also hoping to establish “preparatory courses” in the program that will help prepare students for careers in biotech fields, manufacturing and natural resource management related jobs.
“Right now we offer students exploratory type classes to help them determine if they are interested in going into a trade, but we don’t have preparatory certificates that would actually help them enter into an industry,” Peone said.
One of the courses the CTE program hopes to launch next year in concert with its long term plan is a course called “Geometry in Construction” that would allow students to see how basic math principles are applied on a jobsite. In addition, the program hopes to start expanding its reach to the community to share about developments with the CTE program. A quarterly newsletter available by email, was recently published highlighting the program’s accomplishments and upcoming projects and events.
Peone said his efforts in helping strengthen the CTE program have a particular goal.
“My goal is that students who take CTE classes and graduate from JHS are able to identify a career path and have a certification/college credit in that career area,” he said. “Along with this, students should be able to enter the workforce in the career path that they have specialized in and be a contributing member of society.
“By developing preparatory courses at JHS, students will gain further exposure into a given career path, experience increased rates of graduation and have better preparation for future careers whether that includes college or technical school,” he added.
For more info on CTE offerings at Jenkins High School, contact the district office at 685-6800 or email Peone at: CPeone@chewelahk12.us