My CTE Program Did Get Me "College And Career Ready," Thanks For Asking
Politics and Activism

My CTE Program Did Get Me "College And Career Ready," Thanks For Asking

Career and Technical Education schools are not just for students who aren't good at academic work.

Photo by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash

For years, the idea of high school students experiencing Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been a debate. Some argue that CTE schools, also known as vocational schools, do not get students ready for careers or college once graduated. Meanwhile, others disagree and believe there is a benefit to being exposed to their desired trade early on in life. These schools offer courses of study in fields such as plumbing, HVAC, cosmetology, the culinary arts, cyber-security, nursing, biological studies, and media production, just to name a few.

When I was in middle school, I was introduced to the idea of Career and Technical Education (CTE). A group of students came to my school, showed what you could study, and handed out pamphlets with more information. When I was a freshman in high school, I immediately wanted to apply to study television and multimedia production. When I wanted to apply, I remember my dad being hesitant because when he was younger, CTE schools were for students who were not doing well academically. After we attended an open house for our local CTE school, my dad's thoughts quickly changed.

I spent three out of my four years of high school at my local CTE school studying TV/Multimedia Production for half of my regular high-school day. While there, I was presented with countless professional opportunities a traditional classroom could have never provided. I learned how to write a resume and build up a portfolio for potential clients (shoutout to SkillsUSA and their competitions for making me learn these skills). I was able to work with local businesses, meet professionals in the field, and even produce episodes of a student-run web-series a friend of mine had created.

By my senior year, I had been exposed to and worked on multiple professional projects, had certifications needed for my career, and knocked out a few college credits in the process. One of my best friends who also attended a CTE school was able to get an internship at the National Cancer Institute in her junior year because of her experience in her CTE classroom. Another friend of mine studied culinary arts at a CTE school, attended a CTE college, and was able to land an internship in a professional kitchen all within a year or two of being out of high school.

When I entered college last fall, I began taking courses that applied to my major (Film) and the classes seemed a thousand times easier already knowing this information.

My best friend who also attended CTE shared the same experiences with me when it came to her biology and lab classes. Going in with pre-known information on your interests can really help a student excel in college. Not to mention, attending a CTE school in high school prevents them from switching majors a bunch of times in college (not that it's a bad thing, but it can be a pain).

Now, I'm not writing this post just to brag about the accomplishments that have come along with CTE schools, but to show others how CTE schools can actually benefit students. By the time I was out of high school, I had been offered work through the connections I made.

Think about those who don't want to attend a traditional college or no college at all. The opportunities these students are presented at this moment could change their lives forever. I am eternally grateful for the teachers, students, and opportunities I had during my time in CTE school. I would not be where I am today without them. So, to those who ask if CTE schools really get students college and career ready, I wholeheartedly say YES.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 5 Black Handbag Designers Should Be On Every Accessory Lover's Radar

With the push to support more Black-owned businesses, we've put together a list of Black owned handbag designers.

Ever since the current upheaval of societal silence happening in the country caused by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a bigger push for people to support Black-owned businesses.

Granted, there are a lot fo Black-owned businesses to support, it just takes time to find them. With that being said, fashion is a sector, just like any sector really, in a culture that still has people of color calling out for more diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because Therapy Dogs Aren't Just Cute, They're Working

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

There are many different ways people overcome obstacles in their lives. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding therapy is slowly (but surely) slipping away and we're opening up about our problems and needs. For some, a good workout is just as relaxing. Others are learning how meditation can be a helpful tool in their mental health journey.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments