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Career and Technical Education Leaders present about CTE benefits for students

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 6:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - CTE leaders say there are about 30 programs at the Pathways Innovation Center for students to take advantage of. Benefits like getting a career or college credentials in high school are a couple of reasons why leaders are hoping to get the word out.

“Students can get a college degree or go into the workforce and support a family with little or no debt,” said Lucas Dow, Administrator at Pathways Innovation Center.

Rob Hill, a construction teacher at Pathways, adds they don’t want to steal the thunder from junior colleges but work together with them.

“We feed into our programs for our students' desire to go to post-secondary education and we have a seamless partnership between the two,” Hill said.

Dow adds another recent advantage of CTE is that a handful of jobs in this field kept going when COVID-19 broke out.

“There’s still diesel mechanics working and truck drivers bringing food and goods to our community,” Dow said.

Dow adds they want to get the word out to kids as early as elementary school. He said a grant will be able to help them do it.

“We got a grant for a STEM trailer. It’s a 42-foot mobile classroom that we would like to equip with CTE equipment,” Dow said.

With this trailer and their community outreach, they hope to inspire more students to go into the CTE field and get their hands dirty.

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