Career Tech in ECS

College and Career READY!

Volume One Number Six March 2017

Thank you for opening this issue of Career Tech in ECS, a monthly newsletter designed to showcase Career and Technical Education programs in the Enterprise City Schools district. The Alabama State Department of Education considers the "Career and Technical Education (CTE) program to be the foundation for our state’s future. CTE is focused on developing the skills of K-12 students and strives to prepare them for postsecondary learning and workforce opportunities. It also provides them essential leadership skills through participation in student organizations" (ALSDE.com). In Enterprise City Schools, junior high students are introduced to the Career Tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pathway through exploratory classes. Then, at the high school level, students are allowed to choose courses from ten different Career Tech pathways. This month's focus programs are Coppinville Jr.'s Career Prep course and Enterprise High's Welding Department and JROTC Rifle Team.

Exploring Future Possibilities - CJHS Career Preparation

All eighth grade students in Enterprise City Schools are enrolled in Career Prep A. This course teaches junior high students career planning strategies. The course is divided into three segments: Personal Decision Making, Academic Planning and Career Development, and Technology Skill Applications. This semester, Career Prep students in Mrs. Bronson's classes interviewed CJHS staff members to inquire about education, skills, and appropriate behavior required for different types of jobs. Students then created and presented PowerPoints about their interviews. Click below to view some of the PowerPoints. Mrs. Bronson's students also organized a school wide recycling program this semester. Career Prep students in Ms. Robin Mitchell's classes enjoyed a project on personality typing as they explored different career matches for different personalities. All Coppinville Jr. High students participated in a Career Fair held on March 23rd. Much thanks to the many community members and businesses that helped the Fair be so successful!

Welding Shop at EHS - HIGH wage, HIGH demand career preparation

Enterprise High School is equipped with a state-of-the-art welding shop and an amazing Welding teacher. The shop houses 28 welding booths, and the program is led by Mr. Dale Stewart, a former professional welder and a veteran teacher. Students enrolled in Welding classes at EHS learn many different skills - from sheet metal arc welding (SMAW) to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Each student begins with the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Core Welding class. The NCCER course teaches Basic Safety and introduces students to topics such as the Maritime Industry, Construction Math, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Communication Skills, Employability Skills, and Materials Handling. Following this course, students may advance through different types of welding taught at EHS. Many students are eligible for Dual Enrollment Welding course credit through LBW Community College. Dual credit Welding courses taught at EHS include Sheet Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Fillet Oxyacetylene Cutting, SMAW Fillet Plasma Arc/Carbon Arc, Shielded Metal Arc Welding Groove, SMAW Fillet/PAC/CAC Lab, and SMAW Fillet/OFC Lab. Once enrolled in the Welding Dual Enrollment courses at EHS, students are encouraged to take additional Welding courses on the LBW campus in the summer and/or after graduation. Currently, community college welding course tuition is covered by the Alabama Workforce Development Grant, so students earn these college credits free of charge. Students who begin the welding program as a freshmen may earn up to seven welding credits before graduation. Students are fortunate to be able to gain so much experience and advance their craft as high school students. Mr. Stewart, who is retiring at the end of this school year, comments that he enjoys having students come back for more advanced classes. He says his favorite thing about teaching welding students has been "watching them grow and develop, not just in welding, but personally."
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First class JROTC Rifle Team

The rifle team is a division of JROTC at Enterprise HS. This is a student lead program; MSG (Ret) Albrecht instructs the students on safety, and the students teach all remaining requirements for shooting, drill, and uniform. This ensures their ability to teach, lead, earn respect, and maintain discipline. Rifle Team tryouts will begin April 24, 2017. Students learn safety and the three shooting positions (prone, standing, and kneeling). Candidates progress through grouping shots, 10 bull paper targets, and then electronic targets.

In competition shooting events, teams are made up of four shooters. EHS currently has 18 shooters on the team, nine Precision and nine Sporter, two teams in each category with one back up shooter for each.

Both the Sporter and the Precision teams have performed extremely well this year. Competing against ten teams in the Wiregrass Conference, Enterprise Sporter took 1st Place. The Rifle Team also competed in several Postal Shooting Competitions (teams shoot the targets at their home station, then mail them to the host team’s location, where the targets are scored). Both EHS teams brought home several first, second, and third place wins - and in some cases, all three in one match. The EHS team advanced through Regionals and on to the All Service Nationals.

In addition to their shooting, Rifle team students are Cadets and are subject to the same requirements as Regular Corp Cadets. The Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force have a stake in shooting sports programs, so they, in connection with (CMP) Civilian Marksmanship Program, host annual competitions. MSG (Ret) Albrecht reports that each year EHS has shooters who qualify to try out for the Jr. Olympics in Colorado. Additionally, he states he has had a number of students receive scholarships at graduation and one shooter accepted to the US Naval Academy on a shooting scholarship. Definitely a first class organization!

Coming next month . . .

  • DJHS Career Prep
  • Advertising and Design at EHS
  • Family and Consumer Sciences at EHS
  • Education and Training at EHS