By Morgan Christensen
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.”