Bend-La Pine Schools celebrate career and technical education

BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – Bend La Pine Schools celebrate Career and Technical Education Month, highlighting 28 District Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are available in all seven high schools in the district and serve more than 1,600 high school students annually.

Nearly one in three high school students each year takes part in these exciting, practical and highly qualified career activities, from culinary and information sciences to manufacturing and the medical professions.

The community can join the celebration by subscribing to district social media channels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, where each day for seven days in each high school will be one program in honor of the month of vocational education:

  • Tuesday – Construction at Bend Senior High
  • Wednesday – STEM Engineering at Bend Tech Academy in Marshall High
  • Thursday – medical classes at Caldera High
  • Friday – Production at La Pine High
  • Saturday – Culinary at Mountain View High
  • Sunday – Construction at Realms High
  • Monday – Informatics at Summit High

In 2021-22, 1,686 high school students enrolled in vocational education courses at one of the district’s seven high schools. Programs vary by school and field of study: automotive, business, graphic design, medical professions, cooking, construction, manufacturing, engineering, computer science, criminal justice, forestry and agriculture.

Patrick McLain teaches CTE Construction and Forestry at Bend High School. Students are currently learning real-world skills by building playhouses that will be equipped with residential finishes.

“This program introduces children to different professions and is designed to teach skills so that immediately after graduation they work. This program increases wages, employment stability and leads to better jobs in the professions without having to take student loans, ”McLain said.

McLain is one of many faculty members who provide credible CTE options that are of great interest and high value to students across the county.

“Some CTE pathways lead directly to college or higher education, while other pathways help students discover a sought-after and high-paying career option,” said Stephen Duvall, director of college and career readiness at Bend Schools. -La Pine. “In the last decade, we have seen the empowerment of CTE programs in our high schools as local businesses, families, students and colleges understand the value of having students gain hands-on real-world experience through these programs.”

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