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The 2016-2017 school year is well underway & the Career Development Center continues to move forward in preparing high school students for careers in several pathways. To quote Henry Ford: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” In preparation for this year, there are three key areas in which we are moving forward: Technology Integration, Post-Secondary Connections and Scheduling.
With all high school students receiving iPads this year, many of our staff spent their summer participating professional development enhancing their technology skills and knowledge. Many of our teachers attended the Tech Camp offered by the district in June and were able to learn more about Schoology, protecting student privacy, accessing the digital library and apps, such as “Plickers” . Many of our staff also participated in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. We were lucky that it was held in Denver this year. At ISTE, we listened to keynote speakers such as Michio Kaku and Ruha Benjamin. There were opportunities to learn from Google and Apple staff, as well as learning how other educators have survived technology integration in the classroom. The annual Colorado Association for Career and Technical Conference (CACTE) was held in Steamboat during July, so many of our staff were also able to partake in workshops, speakers and tours specifically related to Career and Technical Education in Colorado.
This year I’m proud to announce that we have over 200 students enrolled in over 400 courses at CDC earning college credit with Front Range Community College—and that’s just for this fall. Students in Automotive Technology, Welding, Health Careers and Interactive Media (formerly Multimedia) can earn college & high school credit simultaneously. This is “free” college credit, however, students must earn a “C” or better in the class or they will have to reimburse the district.
Another step in moving forward was taken as we adjusted our CDC schedule to a half-day block every other day for the majority of our classes. (Cosmetology continues to meet every day and the Intro to Agri-Science class is still one block for this year.) This change in scheduling is beneficial to students because there is less time spent traveling back and forth between CDC and the home high schools. Also, programs have a longer block of instructional time, which allows them to dive deeper into the content.
Here’s to wishing everyone the best for a successful school year as we move forward!!