Every February schools across the country celebrate CTE month. Career and Technical Education is one of the key areas that school divisions and employers are focusing on to help develop our future employees. CTE covers some of the most diverse and in-demand fields where training occurs. It is with this goal that Westmoreland County Public Schools continues to review and expand its CTE offerings to students.
According to CTE Director, Justin Savoy, around 1,000 students participate in some form of CTE training. Fifteen courses are offered at W&L High School and thirty-six classes take place in the A/B Montross Middle School schedule. Classes ranging from culinary arts, STEM, business development, economics, finance, elements of design, coding, restaurant development, Robotics, and sports marketing are offered. Additional classes are offered at the Northern Neck Technical Center in Warsaw.
This year, several of the classes have been participating in various skills programs. The re-charted DECA club recently competed in the District completion and qualified for regional competition in Virginia Beach. The culinary students presented a special meal for the School Board in December and are now busy planning a luncheon for the All Leadership Team (ALT) at the School Board.
One of the more ambitious opportunities for finance students has been the creation of the Eagle’s Financial Credit Union in collaboration with the NSWC Credit Union. Started in April, 2018, six students were selected and trained to do all the duties of a credit clerk. Every Thursday morning, the students set up their tables and meet and greet their customers. Teachers and students have opened checking and savings accounts in the new location. Mr. Savoy has cited the success of the program and the hope to extend this program to other schools in the district.
For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 2/20/19
W&L CTE robotics students with the robot named Jett.