CTE Month: Planning for Tomorrow

Something we like to do at Lawrence County CTC is plan for the future.

School visits, shop tours, and open houses help our students and future students plan for their careers. By the way — Did you know we have an Open House on Thursday, February 21st from 6-8 PM? These events involve prospective students who may wish to become members of the LCCTC family.

Planning for tomorrow doesn’t stop with simply making a decision to come to our school; our current students plan for their tomorrows, as well. Above and beyond the opportunity for a great academic education, beyond their in-shop theory, many of our kids can get both on-site and community training preparing and serving for banquets, pampering pooches and canine care in clinics, or producing promotional posters and eye-catching flyers. They gain clinical experience working with the elderly in the community and providing salon services for hair, skin, and nails. They repair vehicles, they weld exercise equipment for sports teams and gates for the Fish and Game Commission, and they build structures from the ground-up including block, frame/roofing, and electrical wiring. Our students work to maintain and repair engine problems and make a fender-bender look like it never happened. They can even build an entire oil rig from the ground up and machine whatever part has been requested. All of this training provides our LCCTC students with an opportunity to close America’s skills gap and build their knowledge base to get great jobs.

In doing so, many take the opportunity to earn industry certifications providing proof that they are ready for the world of work as soon as they graduate; some spend their senior year on co-op, and some co-op opportunities result in further employer-paid training and additional certification!

Here is just another example of a way LCCTC helps students plan for tomorrow: On February 13th, our entire junior class and a few seniors interested in going to the military had the opportunity to take the Career Planning test associated with the ASVAB test. For some, this assessment will provide further support that they are in their best-fit career path. Others may not have fully decided their direction in life; according to ASVABProgram.com, the test “measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success,” so the ASVAB could help guide them toward a successful future. Based on their scores and their post-test interviews, students may have yet another option to consider once they graduate — one that may involve serving our country!

Once again, our students plan for their tomorrows — today!

Carolyn McVickerASVAB, CTE Month