RISD seeks input on career technical education programs

Kaden Remidge, right, talks about how her career in animal science at Roswell High School helped her realize she wanted to become a veterinarian Tuesday night in a meeting with community leaders, Roswell Independent School District staff and other organizations in the city . Remidge and Catherine Surget, left, are both seniors at RHS at Future Farmers of America and will wear special badges at graduation, meaning they have completed their careers. (Photo by Juno Ogle)

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Teachers and administrators of the Roswell Independent School District delivered two messages to members of the local business community on Tuesday night: Career technical education is life-changing, and the school district needs their help to continue empowering Roswell youth.

The welding class meeting at Roswell High School was attended by representatives of local service companies, CAVU Aerospace, the University of Eastern New Mexico, and others who heard from RISD faculty, students, and administrators about CTE area programs.

At next month’s Board of Education meeting the county will present entirely new CTE career paths for its high schools, but it is now forming advisory boards to get input from those who could benefit from the programs.

“We want to establish a productive working relationship between RISD and the regional industry. We want to connect students with opportunities, ”said Jennifer Cole, assistant head of curriculum and learning.

A general public advisory council is being formed in the district, uniting different clusters of professions, and teachers will also be able to create advisory councils related to their fields of education.

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Cole said students would also benefit from having professionals be invited speakers or offer excursions to students.

In turn, the district will be able to graduate students who will be able to enter the workforce with the skills needed by employers, said Chuck Boyd, a senior coach to improve the leadership of the Southern Regional Board of Education.

SREB is an education consultant working with schools in 16 states. RISD has contracted with them for several years, Cole said.

“Now it’s almost necessary when business and industry come into school systems and really tell us what you need,” Boyd said.

“It will be important that we take this set of skills you need and make sure we weave it into the scope and consistency of our CTE programming,” he said.

The New Mexico Department of Public Education has identified 16 career clusters or groups of occupations that have similar knowledge and skills requirements. These clusters are then broken down into career paths or training programs that teach the basic skills and knowledge needed for the profession.

Cole said the overhaul of the CTE district program began in the spring of 2021, when RISD administrators visited the local aviation, aerospace and medical industries and met with people in those fields to learn what students need to know to be successful in this career. said.

Changes to the CTE program are interesting to see, said RHS Assistant Director Lucy Hall. She said that in 10 years of working in the district for the first time listening to what the business community needs.

According to her, some public partnerships are already benefiting students. Fulkerson Services and Rhoads Co. teach eight students outside of regular classes.

“We have students come to school at 7am, meet people from Fulkerson and Rhodes, and then come after school to work on the skills they learn so they can go to construction,” she said. .

“If you haven’t worked with teenagers for a long time, bringing them to the building at 7 am is a motivation,” she said.

Roswell also began his career in computer science and culinary arts and had a strong agricultural program, Hall said.

Several RHS students, who are also members of the FFA National Organization, shared their experiences in the agriculture program.

Kaden Remidge said she and her high school colleague Catherine Surget are the first RHS students to complete their careers and will have a special logo on their graduation gowns. Both worked on the path of animal science.

They learned about the skeletal systems and organs of large and small animals, disassembled animals and learned about animal behavior and handling, Surget said.

“By the end of this semester we are getting certified to work in the vet office as an assistant, so this is a very amazing and wonderful opportunity,” Remidge said.

They also said more opportunities are needed for students in the community.

“We need more hands-on work, and we need more experience to make us grow as people and make Roswell a better community,” Surget said.

Juniors and FFA members Bradon Greathouse and Mike Patterson also spoke about the agriculture program. Greathouse said the welding program contains an academic aspect in which students spend the first 20 minutes of classes completing an assignment or quiz. The welding class is crafting a cage for the RHS baseball team.

Patterson said he studied both in animal husbandry and in agricultural mechanics programs, and he was already able to apply the lessons in his life outside of school.

Casey Jr. and Senior Patrick Harris are students of the RHS Culinary Program. Casey said that even though she started baking as a child with her grandmother, she learned a lot from the program.

“It taught me to work with the team in the kitchen, how to be organized in the kitchen,” she said.

She said she is looking for college culinary programs to enroll in after high school.

Harris said he joined the program because teacher Jordan Valverde is a friend of the family, but he also learned about working together.

“CTE in general is a breath of fresh air for some of these kids,” Valverde said.

She told of a student who said she hated school, but learned that she was good at making cakes, and she liked them.

“I tried it for the first time and she was amazing and she likes it, so now she has an idea of ​​what she wants to do in her life after high school. In fact, it changes the lives of many children, ”she said.

Automotive teacher David Peake reiterated the need for more opportunities for students to learn from those working in their field.

The car program teaches the basics of car mechanics, including first-year students to build three internal combustion engines and learn maintenance on their own or family cars, he said.

Third-year automotive students can take double-credit courses at the University of Eastern New Mexico in Roswell and receive certifications in a variety of automotive fields, such as brakes and hydraulics. In their fourth year, they work as shadow mechanics at local showrooms.

But the automotive industry is increasingly turning to hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as vehicles that can drive on their own, and students also need to know how those vehicles work, he said.

“These kids need to have that knowledge. I can’t give it to them, so I’m glad to see you here today, “he said.

The City Reporter / RISD Juno Ogle can be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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