Tuesday morning I was given a VIP tour of our two local high school campuses: West Hills and Santana. (Mind you, my husband and I have a son currently attending WHHS and we are graduates of SHS, so I am quite familiar with the campuses!) With fellow guest, City Manager Marlene Best, the District Superintendent, Dr. Tim Glover, and other key staff, this tour opened my eyes to the future our high school students have in the vast array of career choices which await them after graduation. These choices are being formed now as students progress through their school’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Career Technical Education connects secondary and post-secondary education to college expectations and labor market demand so students are focused, and ready for the future. CTE pathways provide students with the technical, academic and employability knowledge they need for success in college and careers, and let me assure you, these pathways are interactive, relevant and oh-so-impressive.
We started at West Hills (pictured) where I received an overview of their Aerospace Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Sport Medicine programs. At Santana, I was introduced to their Digital Media, Culinary Arts and Manufacturing & Prototyping programs. With my brief encounters on each subject area, we were barely scratching the surface of the depth of these programs; I would need several more weeks of this “blog” dedicated to my tour to fully express the level of quality education our kids have at their fingertips. These teens are in classrooms with cutting edge technology, state of the art equipment, and are receiving work-based learning experience earning industry-level certificates they can take with them that will be invaluable as they are job ready in fields specific to our town’s needs. Grossmont Union High School District has proven their dedication to our youth with 70 CTE courses offered allowing for 41 different pathways to choose from which touch on 12 different industry sectors. Their approach to connect industry leaders to the classrooms allows them to collaborate in meaningful ways as they connect education to real-world situations, thus enhancing their ability to compete in local and national competitions making the students more attractive to colleges and future employers. I am so thankful to the District for connecting me to our future Santee Young Professionals – I look forward to finding ways to continue connecting these students to today’s businesses for a more sustainable Santee and promising workforce for years to come.
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