More than electives: CTE classes change education for Beaumont students | Schools


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On the evening of February 10 at Beaumont High School, College Director and Career Readiness Michael Breer took the stage for a short presentation highlighting Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

These CTE courses are electives such as culinary arts or engineering that students have the opportunity to take.

But, as Breyer explained, “what really sets our CTE programs apart from any other educational activity is the industry experts who stand here.”

Breer presented a selection of faculty who act as instructors for these classes. Some of these individuals included sports medicine teacher Nicole Calderillo, construction teacher Jeremy Reiger, engineering teacher Matt Meadour, culinary art teacher Ross Carter and digital media production teacher Barry Steele.

“I wanted, in a very real way, to highlight the amazing people who are on this stage,” Breyer said, thanking the teachers for their work in succeeding in CTE programs.

Because many faculty members have years of experience in the fields they teach, CTE classes can provide students with learning opportunities that focus on real industry-level standards.

In other words, students can experience a snippet of what is in these particular career paths, and can leave the classroom with knowledge and experience that – at the highest level – can tune students to lasting careers right from high school.

The goal of high school is that if a student does not make a career in the industry in which he or she completed CTE courses, he or she may still walk away with skills that can be applied throughout life.

For example, classes in construction and building provide knowledge about home maintenance, which is a useful life skill in adulthood. Similarly, patient care and sports medicine classes teach students the skills of first aid in rescue. Regardless of whether a student chooses a career in public safety, he will learn how to write clear and concise reports on public safety courses. And, of course, the skills gained in the culinary arts can help students serve excellent food, regardless of whether they want to become a professional chef.

“These classes leave students with real skills,” Breyer said, “and with the industry-level experience they need to start a long-term career.”

As part of the presentation, Breer handed over things to CTE faculty and their students to demonstrate and demonstrate the skills that students can gain through these courses.

Parents and students in attendance admired the sophisticated professional technique they were surrounded by as they passed through the engineering class.

Most notably, the demonstrations using these machines were led not by the teacher but by the students enrolling in the classroom.

Students-demonstrators with the help of laser machines engraved the names of visitors on wooden keychains, and the teacher simply supervised the process and responded to inquiries from curious parents. Guests typed their names into a computer, watching as demonstrators operated standard computer software to activate a laser cutter and make souvenirs.

In addition, engineering students told about the process, explaining their actions during the demonstration.

Overall, the students seemed to demonstrate a high level of mastery of the skills used for their demonstrations, and their teachers were not needed.

Engineering teacher Matt Medur explained that this class “provides a positive environment for students” who want to get interested in production and technology.

According to Medure, the CTE pathway opens up opportunities for students to receive scholarships and even receive industry-level certificates that allow students to enter careers in high demand after high school.

In the culinary arts class, a pair of students prepared and served samples of fried rice from chicken, and CTE instructor Ross Carter commented and answered questions from the audience.

Carter explained that culinary students adhere to the same standards as professional cuisine, including safe handling of food, food safety checks and, of course, washing dishes.

Students are expected to understand and master seven recipes throughout the class, and will keep journals to track their progress, including standard vocabulary.

According to Carter, who explained that students not only learn to cook, but also gain valuable skills when it comes to doing business, setting prices for equipment, ingredients and products in certain projects. an easy choice for CTE, it “opens the door for students to understand that they can make a career out of it”.

The construction and construction of the CTE pathway is currently being built at BHS quite literally, class parts and subjects such as cabinets still need to be built, and instructor Jeremy Reiger wants to encourage students to contribute to this program.

With a lifetime of experience in construction and woodworking, Rager plans to implement two, possibly three construction courses at CTE.

According to Reiger, these courses will teach students the necessary skills to enter the construction industry, ranging from basic safety skills in a workshop to a complete study of architecture.

Like other CTE classes, students will be introduced to standard construction tools and techniques.

According to Rager, most skills, such as wiring and piping through homes, can be applied to home maintenance outside of a construction career, making the exercise useful for acquiring skills that will make an adult’s life easier.

“I think this class is a perfect example, but why?” Rager explained. From chemical formulas for things like specific students studying in their science lessons, to math methods that students need to memorize to calculate the slope of a triangle – Construction CTE classes apply these “smart school” skills to real-life situations that like said Rager, “shows [students] the reason they have to study in other classes ”.

“CTE is a recognition,” Breyer said, “that students need these skills in the real world, and that college is not the only option. Beaumont Unified allows students to start not only work, but also a career right out of high school. ”

As for the future of CTE programs implemented in Beaumont, Breyer said: “I see huge potential for growth in the future as the popularity of CTE grows. This is really just the beginning. “

Correspondent Christopher Morant is a sophomore at Beaumont High School. You can contact him at


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