Wrapping Up the 2020-2021 School Year
Director's Message: Stephanie Carter
Dear CATEC Students and Families,
One of my favorite things about living in Central Virginia is the change in seasons. I am thoroughly enjoying the warm weather, green leaves bursting from the trees, and the rejuvenation of wildlife. This time of year inspires hope and a feeling of renewal. Now, more than ever, I am appreciating all of the signs pointing to fresh starts and new beginnings.
May is a busy month as we celebrate all that our students have accomplished during the school year. Here's a bit about each of our events:
- A number of our programs are involved in the CATEC Interview Week May 10-18 during which local employers will interview our students for employment.
- Successful candidates will be offered jobs and participate in Signing Day on May 20. Signing Day is our way of recognizing students who gain employment upon competition of their CATEC program or are already employed through our internship or apprenticeship programs. This event will air in its entirety on CATEC's YouTube channel on May 27 at 7:00 pm.
- Shortly thereafter, we will recognize our students who have completed a program sequence in our annual CATEC Completer Ceremony and Career Declaration Day. Career Declaration Day is a way for students to declare their career of choice. We will proudly display these on our walls. Completer Ceremony will air in its entirety on CATEC's YouTube channel on June 2 at 7:00 pm.
All of these events embody the CATEC mission to strengthen our students’ individual pipelines into life after high school. Please help us celebrate our amazing completers and our special school by joining us on our the CATEC High School YouTube channel to watch the events streamed live. We will send out links, dates, and times in the next two weeks.
For those students returning, we are feeling confident that next year will look more normal. While the next weeks will zoom by and we are all ready to see the end of this school year, our time together is precious, so let’s enjoy it!
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 last two months, students wrote professional, industry-driven resumes that reflect their coursework and skills developed at CATEC. In May, students will learn more about what makes for a good job interview and many students will have opportunities to participate in real interview experiences will local employers during our Interview Week May 10-18.
Programs focused on the following VA Workplace Readiness Skills: Continuous Learning and Adaptability #13, Career and Life Management #12
Automotive Service Technology: Matt Richardson
Culinary Arts I and II: Christina Rizzo & Josh Davis
Both classes have done exceptionally well in prepping and making items for the Culinary Arts food bus, Technical Eats!. The fundraiser held in April for a quieter generator raised over $700.00. On May 6th 11:00-1:30, Technical Eats! will be making food for the community. Come by and support our students; see the menu below.
On May 17, Culinary Arts students will participate in Interview Day. There will be 8 local restaurants participating in the event. Later this spring, the program will welcome honey bee hives to the CATEC campus. Siller Pollinator Company will be installing them and bee hives will be available for adoption.
Emergency Medical Technician: Cat Gardner
Fire Service: Bobby Elliott
Nurse Assistant: Sarah Manglicmot
CATEC's Nurse Assistant program was highlighted on CBS19 News earlier this month.
English 11: Megan Panek & English 12/Government: Megan Panek & David Topper
In US Government/English 12, students started their last unit of the class, which focuses on global perspectives. Students are delving into foreign policy and discussing what America's role as a global superpower should be. The class will wrap up on Friday, May 28th. All work for quarter 4 will be due that day.
Adult Education and Apprenticeship Programs: Shannon Tomlin
In the coming weeks, Adult Education and Apprenticeship classes will be ending for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all employers and students who participated in our programs this year.
We have a Medication Aide, CNA, and EMT classes starting in June. If you are interested, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.