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CTE classes at Prescott High offer a variety of hands-on experience

Students work on a car during a recent CTE class. (PUSD/Courtesy)

Students work on a car during a recent CTE class. (PUSD/Courtesy)

Prescott High School Career and Technical Education (PHS CTE) is on the forefront of education. But what is CTE and what does that mean?

CTE combines academic foundation with real world experience, providing students a competitive advantage in the world. But really, what does this mean? Some of you might be thinking, “Oh yeah, that is vocational ed.” Yes, but no. CTE provides students a different path that leads to high school graduation, higher education, and 21st century jobs in skilled trades, applied sciences, and technology. Courses being offered are Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Aviation Technology, and Pre-Engineering, to name a few.

Did you know that half of university graduates are underemployed? A Harvard study predicted in 2018 that only 33 percent of careers would require a 4-year degree and that 57 percent of careers would need middle skilled labor requiring technical skills and training or an associate degree. The 57 percent is where CTE courses come into play.

PHS CTE students are gaining experience and taking industry certified tests that allow them to be hired by companies right out of high school, or even while in high school. For example, students who take the

Automotive Technologies class, taught by instructor Chris Predmore, gain technical knowledge and skills to maintain, diagnose, and repair automobiles and light trucks. With this 3-year program, the Prescott High School auto program offers current modules, state of the art content, and hands-on training allowing students to graduate with industry recognized certification from Yavapai College, providing tools to their future success.

Students in David Cutter’s Network Technologies course are preparing for the future with state-of-the-art technology facts and hands-on applications while earning 12 free college units. These students could walk away with an A+ certification, a Yavapai College certification, and a CTED certification! The A-plus certification is an entry level certification that is widely accepted in the industry, allowing students to obtain an entry level IT job. This, then, can propel students to continue their education into cyber securities or network administration.

PHS teacher Robyn Bryce partnered with Josh Orlando from the Boys and Girls Club to provide a film/TV class, with students learn filming, writing, and editing. They recently invited Guy Roginson, executive editor of Signals AZ, to speak to the students about a collaboration with his multimedia website. He challenged the students to create content — stories, blogs, and video — for their sites. Students will be given topics and deadlines. Their work will then showcased on the website.

The future is very bright for Prescott High School CTE students, showing them many open doors in new and exciting career fields.