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Career and Technical Education in the Great Falls Public Schools. Your Logo Here. An overview.
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Career and Technical Education courses provide academic and technical knowledge and skills to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging employment sectors. These programs focus on career preparation, resource management, communication, technical skill development, applied academics, technological literacy, personal skills and leadership. One credit is required by the Montana Office of Public Instruction for graduation
There are some 45 high school and middle school teachers teaching 50 courses these four general disciplines:
than those requiring a college
A credit of career and technical education is a graduation requirement.
More than half of all Great Falls public school students are enrolled in a CTE (hands-on, practical) class at any time.
Construction Trades Fair
Health Careers Fair
Apprenticeship Rodeo Oct. 4-5
■ Great Falls High School shop students sell storage units they build in class.
■ CMR Woodshop class makes and sells swings and beds.
■ North Middle School shop classes run a laser engraver business.
Making a quilt for the Paris Gibson Education Center “Sew What” sewing business.
“The Company” coffee shop and catering business at Paris Gibson Education Center
Dress up day at Rustler Inc business ed class based on “Company” model
Instruction at Paris Gibson Education Center ASE Auto Tech Center.
Wind generator goes up at CMR in Fall 2008
■ Enrollment is high. Approximately half of the high school graduates are Vocational Concentrators by taking three CTE credits or more before they graduate.
Career and Technical Organizations:
These organizations enhance education with a co-curricular option that motivates students through competitive events with an emphasis on leadership, citizenship and specific skills.GFPS also requires all Middle School students to take a quarter (each year) in Industrial Technology and Family and Consumer Science. These courses familiarize students with woods, technology, home maintenance, textiles, foods and personal/family issues. These curricula provide an introduction to the high school courses.
North Middle School “Company” that uses a laser engraver to learn technology and computer skills as well as how to operate a company and turn a profit.
Graduates of the Fall 2008 CNA class from CMR. The number of CNA classes has grown from one to three in the past year to meet demand.
Veterinarian Kelly Manzer volunteered her time to present to the 8th Grade Career Fair in 2006.
Workforce Development Facilitator
Great Falls Public Schools
Career and Technical Education Web page: