Morris County Vocational School District celebrates CTE Month

By Steve Sears

 

In February, Denville’s Morris County Vocational School District is celebrating CTE (Career & Technical Education) Month.

 

Hosted by the Association for Career & Technical Education (www.acteonline.org), CTE Month focuses on programs, student achievements, and preparing students for their careers.

 

Scott Shaw is the school’s Director of Career and Technical Education. He served as the first English teacher when the school opened as a full-time academy in September 2004, and was also its supervisor of instruction for 12 years. Shaw has also served as a middle school and high school principal and has been in education for over 25 years. 

Shaw explained the approach of CTE Month at MCVTS. He said, “We have two instructors who are planning coordinators for CTE month. They work with administration, colleagues, and students to prepare events and activities that showcase different aspects of our school.”

CTE Month benefits students by increasing awareness of CTE programs and opportunities; offering hands-on learning experiences that reinforce classroom concepts; exposing students to potential career paths and connections with industry professionals; development of valuable skills and confidence in their abilities; and fostering a sense of community and belonging within the CTE field.

 

During the month of February, CTE activity is abundant. MCVTS students and teachers compete in a door decoration competition to showcase their academy, students share daily announcements that honor the history of CTE, and students take part in Job Shadowing experiences where Education Academy students shadow high school teachers for the day. 

 

Also, during CTE Month, guest speakers from businesses and industries visit classrooms and shops to share the experience and knowledge, while many MCVTS students head offsite for valuable insight and learning. Exercise Science & Health Care students take part in shadowing and clinical rotations at nearby St. Clare’s Hospital, “Work Based Learning” trips are offered – Designers visit Morris Museum, HVAC students visit local industry sites, and Global Commerce students compete in regional competitions for DECA & VEI (Virtual Enterprise International) – and students and teachers take to the internet and run a social media campaign to promote awareness of CTE and the benefits of hands and minds on learning.

MCVTS is also extending knowledge of CTE Month to future high schoolers. 

Shaw said, “Our focus this year is to celebrate CTE, and also to reach out to area middle schools who may not have heard about what CTE has to offer.”

 

For more information about the Morris County Vocational School District, visit www.mcvts.org.

 

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