March 17, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
Budding chefs, nurses, auto mechanics, builders, and others are getting a jump start on their chosen career paths thanks to the STEM and Career & Technical Education course offerings at DeKalb County High School.
CTE courses allow students to combine both college preparation and real-world workforce skills development into one customized education program and encourages students to explore and prepare for careers in the medical field, nursing, automotives, STEM, teaching, culinary, agriculture, machining, manufacturing, nursing, criminal justice, and information technology.
DCHS has prepared an introductory video targeted toward rising high school freshmen to give them a visual tour of the CTE program and the hands-on course offerings. The purpose is to help students interested in advancing future career goals.
When signing up for classes at DCHS, incoming freshmen are asked to choose a focus area or a program of study and are required to take and complete three CTE classes in a particular program area.
Thirteen DCHS teachers are featured in the video below along with several students who explain and demonstrate what is taught in the CTE courses.
*Becky Miller-Teaching as a Profession Course Instructor
*Brad Leach- CTE Director and Engineering Teacher (See how 3D-designed pinewood derby cars and self propelled mouse trap cars are built)
*Gary Caplinger-Construction Technology (See how students are building a Tiny House)
*Todd Cantrell-Machining Technology (See students working to make metal objects with machine tools including milling machines, lathes, and acetylene torches)
*Michael Whitefield- Automotive Technology (See students working on engine rebuilds, diagnostics, replacing a combination signal indicator switch)
*Kelli Agee and Angie Anderson- Health Science and Medical Therapeutic (See students taking manual blood pressures using an automated mannequin)
*Cory Rathbone-Business Technology
*Linda Paris-Culinary Arts
*Amanda Brown-Personal Finance Information Technology
*Coach Steve Trapp- Information Technology
*John Pryor-Criminal Justice