New career exploration plan at CCJH

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Academics, Social Studies

By Morgan Christensen
Staff writer

Cactus Canyon Junior High has changed its program called career and technical education. The state requires all high school students to take at least one year of this class.
Last year, CCJH eighth graders had to take CTE as a mandatory, semester-long class. Now, though, students take it as part of their social studies class.
Students are taking career explorations to help them plan their future and decide what CTE class to take in high school. Then they can prepare for education and training for their career field.
“Students will have their high school plan ready to go before they start high school,” said Jennifer McLaurin, CTE teacher. “The state requires students, starting next year, to complete their high school college plans during their first year of high school. Students this year will already have half of the required work done before they start their freshman year. This class also helps student to plan and learn about their future careers.”
Ms. McLaurin has students mainly use the Web site Moodle to complete their plan. They will do work on their own time and during Extended Learning Opportunity.
Students have said they think the change has been a positive one.
“It’s a good chance for me to get to know what I’m going to do when I’m older,” eighth grader Samantha Lewis said. “And it’s better to have it in social studies so I have better electives and a memorable eighth-grade year.”

  1. Mr. LaPrise says:

    I look forward to my own children having a wonderful career so they can take care of me when I am old and sick!

  2. Heather Wallace says:

    As the CTE director last year (2010-2011) I was excited when Mr. LaPrise supported the idea of the career explorations class as a mandatory class for 8th graders because it helped support their CTE choices when they entered high school.. during the year as I met with teachers it was important to take ideas and adjust the class in a way that it would best benefit the students. I was excited when it was decided to integrate the career explorations into Social Studies… thank you for the update on what is happening with this class at CCJH… you guys are doing a great job with your blog…it was all very informative…

  3. Dr. Wilson says:

    CTE classes at the high school, as well as those offered at EVIT, provide great opportunities for all students. Not only does the CTE program provide students with marketable job skills, but research has shown that the majority of students that actively participate in CTE programs go on to complete a college degree. Very exciting.

  4. nautica heighton says:

    fun,fun,fun at ccjh!!!

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