By Shawn Wright-Browner, IPLI Mentor & Director/Principal at J. Everett Light Career Center
School districts are continuously reviewing avenues for our
students to find success once their K-12 education program is completed.
For many years, the term “vocational education” brought visions of students who
were not headed for post-secondary education. Now, the term
“Career-Technical Education” (CTE) has replaced the outdated vocational
education mindset. Students are now entering a world of post-secondary
industry credentialing, apprenticeships, as well as post-secondary
coursework. The education and job landscapes are now combining to provide
incredible opportunities for our state’s graduates. School systems are
embracing the challenge to create as many pathways as possible for our students
including courses in pre-engineering, computer science, health science careers,
auto service industry, advanced manufacturing, culinary arts, cosmetology and
CTE has developed pathways to lead students directly to
high-wage, high demand jobs, or go to college. Students who
complete a CTE program have the opportunity to earn college credit from an
accredited institution and are also eligible to earn industry recognized
certifications. CTE certifications are aligned with Indiana’s economic
sectors and allow students to join the workforce in a desired high demand, high
wage field, increasing their lifetime earnings.
The state of Indiana is now requiring students complete a
Graduation Pathway during their four years of high school. The students
that engage in CTE courses will fulfill the Graduation Pathway requirement
while also gaining the necessary post-secondary college credit or industry
certification necessary for immediate success following high school.
At the J. Everett Light Career Center, we offer programs such as Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Health Careers Education, Dental Careers, Welding and Law Enforcement. A list of all of our programs can be found at www.jelcc.com.
If you are needing guidance or would like to visit the J. Everett Light Career Center, please don’t hesitate to contact me – mailto:[email protected].