February- CTE Month
February is CTE Month- Career and Technical Education. Heartland offers many courses in CTE and extracurricular opportunities. Take a look at the promotional video to see a few of the CTE opportunities at Heartland!
When most people think about education, the core classes are always the first to come to mind: English, Science, Math, Social Studies. While these are the basics for all education, the career and technical education (CTE) classes allow the students to see where the basics will be used in everyday life.
Not only do CTE students learn skills, across the country they are found to be more motivated. Students enrolled in CTE classes learn both hard and soft skills that will help them to be standout employees. They are learning career areas such as automotives, carpentry, coding, culinary, and personal finance. As a country our employers are saying that students are needing more help in the soft skills of communication, goal setting, problem solving, professionalism, and teamwork. These are skills that CTE courses also teach students. CTE also provides the opportunity for students to explore a variety of fields now, so they can decide if they want to pursue them in college or as a career later. Career Tech fields include: Agriculture, Automotive, Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer sciences, Health Sciences, and Technical Trades and Engineering. Millions of jobs are waiting for CTE students due to high demand for skilled workers, looming retirements, and booming growth in fields like Health Sciences and IT. Career and Tech education students are able to gain real-world experiences, get careers with high salary potential, and enjoy a fulfilling, rewarding career that they are passionate about.
At Heartland, our students are no different. We offer classes in the business field such as: Principles of IT, Personal Finance, Accounting I and II, Computer Applications, Economics, Marketing, Business Law, Keyboarding, and Introduction to Business. This year there are 71 students who are participating in the business field classes that range from 4th grade to 12th grade. In the Industrial Tech field Heartland offers: woods, exploratory classes for 8th and 7th grade students, drafting, and electricity. This year 85 students are enrolled in IT classes. Heartland also offers family and consumer science classes. There are 43 students that take one or more of the following classes in this career field: culinary foods, skills for living, family and consumer sciences and exploratory classes for 7th and 8th graders. In the agriculture field, classes for students are: plant science, animal science, ag business, ag leadership, welding, advanced welding, ag projects, ag science, and an exploratory class for 8th graders. There are 66 students that are enrolled in an ag education course this year.
Career Student Organizations are also a big part of building those employability skills. At Heartland we offer two career student organizations: FBLA and FFA. Both of these organizations are meant to build leadership skills as well as prepare students for future careers. This year there are 32 FBLA members. They are being led by a leadership team that is comprised of: Aaron Buller - President, Brittany Quiring - Vice President, Sadie Carr - Secretary, Hayes Oswald - Treasurer, Isabelle Vanderneck - News Reporter, Timberly Carr - Historian, Odessa Ohrt - Committee Representative, and Kristy Most - Advisor. The FFA has 42 members. Their leadership team is: Connor Boehr - President, Taylor Quiring - Vice President, Peyton Ott - Secretary, Kyra Dick - Treasurer, Nema Stracener - Reporter and Building Communities committee chair, Noah Hiebner - Sentinel, Maverick Hiebner - Strengthen Ag committee chair, Aidan Swartzendruber - Growing Leaders committee chair.