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February is CTE month in Texas

By Michael Derry BHS Career and Technology Teacher

All of us probably remember taking a class in typing, sewing, or accounting when we were in high school. Those were all a part of the elective classes offered to help teach us how to survive at home and out in the world after graduation.
However, in today’s fast paced world and with all the demands placed on young adults it takes all of those skills and a whole lot more. Recent studies have indicated that by 2025 only thirty percent of the jobs and careers will require a college degree, while sixty percent will require a high school diploma and some type technical skill (skilled labor) and the remaining ten percent will be left for unskilled labor.
Today’s public schools are tasked with not only preparing students for college but also preparing them for entry into the skilled or technical jobs immediately after graduation and Bandera ISD has risen to the challenge.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month and Bandera ISD would like to take this opportunity to showcase some of the programs that it offers students to prepare them for the demands of the world beyond high school.
Picture A: Students in Mrs. Stewart’s Veterinary Medicine class research different types of veterinary careers available and then write reports and make display boards to share their findings.
Picture B: Mr. Pizzini and Mrs. Patkowski are teaching students interested in agricultural mechanics and construction the technical skills to prepare them for a job in the welding and manufacturing industry. These students took sweepstakes honors at the Hill County District Junior Livestock Show agricultural mechanics show.
Picture C: Newborn animal care is essential to any profitable livestock operation. Mrs. Patkowski takes great pride in exposing her students to hands on practice when teaching these skills in Livestock Production.
Picture D: The Business Professionals of America organization showcases the accomplishments of students enrolled in Business, Accounting, and Finance. This year the Bandera High School team competed at the regional contest and the whole team advanced to the state level.
Pictures E: The culinary arts students used their new found skills to prepared a demonstration meal for the Bandera ISD School Board during January’s School Board Appreciation Month.
Picture G: Mrs. McNarie’s FCCLA star events project "purses for hope" participants heard speakers Cheyenne Rutherford, Katie Nolan, and Savannah Cooper speak about domestic violence and those that have been affected. The group collected necessities for women in need and stuffed gently used purses with the items- tying notes of motivation to them. They donated the items to the women’s shelter in Boerne.
Picture H: Anatomy and Physiology takes on a whole new meaning when the brain is outside the skull. Students design and paint the human brain with the correct anatomical structure to better understand where the different functions of the body are controlled.
Picture I: Business is still part of the curriculum! Someone has to be able to balance the books and file those tax returns. Students enrolled in Accounting classes spend endless hours checking and rechecking the numbers to make sure everything is in order.
Picture J: Students at Bandera Middle School get a complete exposure to all of the CTE pathways when they enroll in the Principles of Ag, Food, and Natural Resources. Here Coach Lenz is monitoring a lesson on the three-circle model of classroom/laboratory instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience, and FFA. Students are demonstrating skills learned in the proper manner of how to conduct a meeting.
Picture K: Horticulture and landscaping is another aspect of life that every student at Bandera High School students have the opportunity to prepare for. Learning everything from how to draw plans to scale to actually preparing the soil and planting the plants is important.