Career and Technical Education Month

Career and Technical Education Month
Posted on 02/03/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Career and Technical Education MonthThis month, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor recognizes the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in our schools with a special proclamation from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

“Career and technical education provides students opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for lifelong success, and produces a workforce ready for our state’s businesses and industries,” said State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor.  “We recognize all those who make career and technical education possible in our state, and urge our communities to support these unique programs and the positive results they have.”

According to CTE Coordinator, Steve Carr, even in the midst of the pandemic, CTE teachers have been working hard to overcome obstacles and serve students in the best ways possible:

Youth Apprenticeships
Our team has left no stone unturned in our efforts to connect willing and talented students to businesses and industry partners in our community. Our Youth Apprenticeship partnership with Wauwatosa School District, Nicolet High School, and Brown Deer High School has been exceptional. Tina Koch and Chris Strzok are to be commended for connecting twenty-six students from our District, Wauwatosa High School, Nicolet High School and Brown Deer High School to meaningful and career-focused apprenticeships.

West Allis Central Auto Tech Teacher, Matt Kerhin once again qualified students for the ADAMM contest. Students, Isaac Fregoso and Cesar Gonzales will compete at the Milwaukee Auto Show on May 7, 2021 at State Fair Park. West Allis Central has qualified teams for two years in a row. Only seven teams from Southeast Wisconsin are selected to compete. Isaac and Cesar joined as spectators at last year’s competition and mentioned that they were motivated by witnessing the Central team’s efforts.

Construction Trades
 As new instructors in the Construction Trades programs, Central High School teacher, Ryan Dekker and Nathan Hale teacher, Matt Johnson they have made the best of the virtual “shop” experience. They are taking on a significant redesign of the pathway to a career in Construction and they are looking forward to “framing” out new career opportunities for our students.

Teacher, Glen Perry, and Facility Manager, Steve Eichman are taking on the challenge of upgrading the Hale Metals and Fabrication facility to better meet the needs of our rapidly growing Welding program. This project has been jointly funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act and our District.  Students from both Central and Hale will be part of an exceptional introduction to the welding industry. 

Certified Nursing Assistant
Of the thirty-three students who earned high school credit in the course, there are seventeen students who have completed the course during virtual learning.  They will complete the next phase of their clinical training working with Advocate Aurora-West Allis.  Teachers and students have been exceptionally dedicated to this project and we look forward to the students earning their clinical “wings” and having success on the certification examination. 

Our Family and Consumer Sciences teams implemented a new course emphasizing the skills and certifications necessary for students to step into a career as a head cook and eventually a chef. Central teacher and classically trained chef, Chad Coleman, has taken on the role of mentor and culinary sensei for the initial group of ProStart students.

The Sodexo team of Steve Kosnar and Bill Philp, and the team at Dottke Project-Based Learning High School are welcoming these students into their industry-appropriate kitchen spaces during the second semester.  We are also pleased to announce that there will be a complete renovation of the Dottke kitchen in June of 2021.  This will allow us to maximize the food production experiences for our students in the future.