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Career and Technical Education – February

Career and Technical Education Month, or CTE Month, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

DoDEA is deeply committed to supporting Career and Technical Education middle and secondary programs. DoDEA students have the opportunity to enroll in Career Pathways that offer a clear direction for pursuing post-secondary career opportunities.

CTE offers opportunities for ALL students; CTE is for students that want to pursue a college education, enlist in the military or enter directly into the workforce.

CTE Month Profiles

Emma SheedyEmma Sheedy, Student at Pacific-Guam High School

CTE Journalism Pathway

"Being a part of the Journalism Pathway in CTE has extended my social skills and knowledge of the media world.  Since joining I have become much more confident and excited to take on new challenges.  I have learned the importance of understanding the media industry by being a part of it.  I have also been able to get jobs in the local media workforce as a journalist, reporter and news anchor. After high school I will be continuing my education in college as a double major in journalism and public relations.”

Brandon QuinnBrandon Quinn, Student at Pacific-Kubasaki High School

CTE Government and Public Administration National Security Pathway

"CTE has affected my life by forming me through high school into the person I am today. CTE has given me the chance to peer into workforce opportunities and choices for my future. It has helped me make lifelong decisions that are quickly approaching by having a real world curriculum. I came into high school not knowing what I wanted to do, signing up for JROTC has been one of the biggest developers of myself that has not only help me find my passion but assisted me through high school. My plans after high school are to attend the Naval Academy to become an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps."

Francis TagalogFrancis Tagalog, Student at Pacific-Guam High School

CTE Therapeutic Services Pathway

“The Therapeutic Pathway has introduced me to the health care field and what it entails. It made me realize what career I wanted to pursue in college and in the future. It has molded me to think critically and to apply the knowledge I learned in class to real world experiences. Without the Therapeutic Services Pathway I would not have been as engaged or captivated in becoming a health care provider and an advocate for healthy living. After high school, I plan on attending college and obtaining a degree in biology, continue on to medical school, and live my dream of becoming a doctor.”

Michael WinderlMichael Winderl, Teacher at Americas-Quantico High School

CTE Video Communications & Digital Media, 4 years with DoDEA

"As a CTE teacher, I get to prepare students for the 21st Century by offering competency-based curriculum through numerous College and Career Pathways. In my classes, students are provided rigorous opportunities to explore careers, interests, abilities, and life skills. Through rigorous and relevant real-world applications, my students are better prepared to make post-secondary choices, whether it is straight into the workforce, attending additional technical training, or pursuing a college degree."

Charles TeegardenCharles Teegarden, Teacher with Americas Mid-Atlantic District Schools

CTE Career Practicum, 9 years with DoDEA

"As a Career Practicum teacher, I’m responsible for preparing students for their future career choices by giving them opportunities to gain hands on experience and job shadowing. Training sites such as Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, Marine Corps Community Service, Camp Lejeune Mid-Atlantic Schools, and Criminal Investigation Division, provide unique hands-on experiences that are related to students’ particular interests. Whether a university, community college, or a trade school is in the future of a student, they must pursue the education and training necessary to compete for their career choice. The single most satisfying aspect of teaching Career Practicum is watching the students cross the graduation stage and hearing their post-graduation statements about their college plans and chosen career field; I know that I had a part in assisting them with that decision."