NCSD teachers honored for career and technical education programs

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) It has been quite the year for career and technical education programs in Wyoming. Earlier this year a law was passed that allows high school students to swap out foreign languages for CTE courses and still qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship.

Recently the Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education announced their awards. The awards featured a handful of Natrona County School District teachers.

Not only does Roosevelt High School share a building with Pathways Innovation Center, they also share instructors who received awards from WACTE this year.

Joseph Martinez was awarded the WACTE new teacher of the year award. Martinez recently began working at Roosevelt High School to help start a CTE program.

“As far as what we’re doing to help prepare students, we’re just exposing them to different careers. Not all of them are going to be successful in college, I think college is a great avenue. I think this will help kids find a job that will help them pay for college if they don't get any scholarships,” Martinez said.

Martinez says he does not like being in the spotlight but enjoys being able to promote CTE programs.

Pathways Innovation Center is a part of the Natrona County high school system. Students from across Natrona County can take courses offered by Pathways. Courses range from auto and diesel to culinary arts.

Torey Berdan, culinary arts instructor for Pathways, was awarded the Wyoming family and consumer science teacher of the year by WACTE. Berdan enjoys being able to prepare students for the future.

“We give students all kinds of opportunities to look into future career fields. Here at Pathways, we are blessed to have an amazing facility to give students the opportunity to learn these skills,” Berdan said.

Troy Corson is an auto and diesel instructor at Pathways. Corson was awarded teacher of the year by WACTE. Corson has a lot of praise for teachers around Wyoming.

“There is a lot of great talent in the state of Wyoming that represents WACTE. From culinary to construction welding teachers. The list is long and it’s very humbling,” Corson said.

Rob Hill is the building trades instructor at Pathways. Hill says CTE courses are important in Wyoming.

“Career and technical education is vital to Wyoming. We need it to expand our economy, we need a skilled workforce. We have a shortage and we know it," Hill said.

Hill praises NCSD teachers and says they are leading the way for CTE programs.