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Celebrate CTE Month


February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. The goal of CTE is to prepare youth with hands-on educational experiences and leadership opportunities that align to their future career path. Through CTE, students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) that are an integral part of CTE. CTSOs prepare young people to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities by providing unique programs of career and leadership development. Goldendale Middle and High Schools offer four CTE program areas: Business, Family Consumer Science, Agriculture Education, and STEM.

In the Goldendale High School Business Program, students learn a wide variety of valuable skills that will help them gain employment and manage their own finances. Students start out with graphic arts and then on to photography and journalism while earning occupational, art, and English credits for graduation. Our accounting students learn to manage checking accounts, record business transactions, and make financial statements using Excel. The student leadership organization is called Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and all business students are encouraged to join.

Another program area offered at Goldendale Middle and High School is Family Consumer Science, which focuses on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Students may participate in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). FCCLA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

The Agriculture Education program offers courses in Agriscience, Plant Biology, Natural Resources and Ecology, and Metal Fabrication. This program is offered at Goldendale Middle and High School. Students within the program learn about agriculture, food and natural resources through classroom and laboratory instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experiences or experiential learning, and leadership through the National FFA Organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Goldendale High School also offers STEM education in the form of Engineering, Robotics and Woodworking classes. The curriculum for these courses were developed by Project Lead The Way (PLTW) with an emphasis upon designing quality products and employability skills. Each of these courses also have curriculum integration with the Technology Student Association (TSA), which is the only Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) focusing on technology-related careers, and all of the STEM Fields. Along with building very important leadership skills, TSA develops “soft skills” for students, such as teamwork and problem-solving, and promotes determination and perseverance. The program aims to develop leadership, academic, and business management skills while teaching students about personal growth throughout the workplace.

If you are interested in more information regarding the Goldendale Career and Technical Education Department, come to the community CTE Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6 – 7 p.m. in the GHS Cafeteria.


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