Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
Director's Message: Stephanie Carter
Happy Spring, CATEC families! As we wrap up March and head into Spring Break, we enter the most exciting time of the year. Students reach goals and consider their futures. We are planning recognition days and even looking toward and planning for the next school year. This year, our Completers Ceremony will happen virtually, but we will have small, in-house ceremonies for each class. We look forward to 2022 when we most certainly will be back to normal!
All the recognitions and ceremonies are an opportunity to celebrate the unique and important aspects of CATEC. As a CTE school, students learn a trade, but they also work on soft skills such as teamwork, work ethic, listening and speaking, and conflict resolution. In addition to an industry certification, our students leave us with a résumé, interview skills, workplace readiness skills and many take advantage of internship or apprenticeship opportunities. All of this at no cost to our students and zero student debt! We value the opportunity to help cultivate our students and prepare them for life after high school. We look forward to celebrating, even in unique ways, over the remainder of the school year!
School Counseling: Maggie Wilson
In March Ms. Wilson reintroduced a student recognition awarded for two CATEC students: CATEC Students of the Month. Marlo Rivas for Econ/Personal Finance and Amilia Brown for Cosmetology II were CATEC's first two Students of the Month for this school year. Teachers nominated students based on academic achievements, attendance, work-ethic/ overall attitude and progress. After Spring Break, Ms. Wilson will give little goodie package for them after break and put their pictures up on the wall/bulletin board.
Ms. Wilson has created a Calming Room to help students (and families) find calm if they need a break during the day. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Career Development & Workplace Readiness: Amanda Jay
In Career Development this month, students worked on essential skills needed to enter the workforce: resumes and interview skills, Over the next two months, students will write professional, industry-driven resumes that reflect their coursework and skills developed at CATEC. Students will learn more about professional job interviews, including what to bring, what to do, what to say, and what to wear, leading up to real interview opportunities in May.
Programs focused on the following VA Workplace Readiness Skills: #11 Big Picture Thinking, #15 Information Literacy, #16 Information Security, #17 Information Technology, and #18 Job Specific Tools and Technologies.
Automotive Body Repair: Ron Moore
Automotive Service Technology: Matt Richardson
Cosmetology I and II: Karen Brown & Jackie Waller
Culinary Arts I and II: Christina Rizzo & Josh Davis
Emergency Medical Technology
Fire Service: Bobby Elliott
Nurse Assistant: Sarah Manglicmot
Veterinary Science: Kim Smyth
English 11: Megan Panek & English 12/Government: Megan Panek & David Topper
In US Government/English 12, in the month of March students completed a persuasive letter project. They reviewed elements of a strong argument and wrote letters to state representatives or local newspapers on topics about which they are passionate. This wrapped up their unit on the legislative branch. In quarter 4, students will be digging into the concepts of community engagement and civic responsibility by completing a capstone project that impacts the local community.