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Technology in GISD: A Look Inside CTE

Career and technical education (CTE) programs abound in Georgetown ISD and combine forward-thinking technologies and business partnerships with workforce development research to prepare students to transition into life after high school. Programs include a wide array of courses, including but not limited to: cosmetology, aerospace engineering, health occupations, culinary arts and computer science. 

 “Giving students the opportunity to gain exposure and practice in their career field as early as possible is critical,” Kenny Perry, Computer Science teacher at Georgetown High School, said. “Our students have unique opportunities to explore and find their passions here… helping them get where they want to be faster.”

 CTE programs are designed to cultivate a high-energy, engaging environment where students feel supported to embrace the coursework head on. The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers and occupations, whether their future plans include college or not. 

 “As I take Computer Science, I am watching the technology field expand ever so often,” Georgetown High School Sophomore Ethan Howard said. “It is wonderful to see that CTE is helping me work towards a promising future.”

 Student access to technology is critical for programs like this to thrive. Georgetown ISD rolled out it’s one-to-one initiative during the pandemic, providing each and every student with their own device for learning. The new initiative increases student engagement and accessibility to technology for all students, in and out of the classroom. 

"One-to-one technology is a motivator for students since they are naturally more inclined to use and enjoy using digital information and tools," Lannon Heflin, GISD Chief of Technology and Innovation, said. "This leads to students becoming more technology literate and learning to be good digital citizens as a bonus to their academic learning."

 Because each student is assigned their own device, the learning does not stop at the end of the school day. As part of the one-to-one initiative, students are able to take their devices home with them and work on projects outside of the classroom. 

 “One of the great things about CTE programs is that it pushes students to embrace the responsibilities that come with postsecondary life,” CTE Coordinator Bretton Schultz said. “Students are met with the challenge of practicing digital safety and remaining focused on their assigned projects even after they leave campus with their assigned device.”


More than a program - students can also earn industry certifications

 More than 10 career clusters are available to students with opportunities to earn one of 13 industry-based certifications before graduation. With highly employable skills, GISD students are able to graduate and find employment in many high-demand fields, such as healthcare and welding. The High School Job Board connects CTE students to open job positions in the community, setting every student up for success during and after high school. 

 “Some students’ plans require college, and some do not,” Perry said.  Whether or not it does, starting early and starting strong has probably the most profound impact on a student’s future career and future trajectory. ”

 

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