Industry Talks connect businesses with CTE expansion plans

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 3:30pm

District enlists industry partners to envision new career training programs

How do you best equip students to be successful in the 21st Century without knowing what the new economy will need? The Five Star District spent the summer trying to solve this question by meeting with community business and industry leaders to hear needed input on the direction of our Career and Technical Education program.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Adams 12 Five Star Schools provides multiple pathways to a wide range of in-demand careers with competitive salaries. Available to all high school students in the Five Star District, CTE courses combine rigorous academics with technical skills in hands-on learning environments.

Thanks to the 2016 Bond Program, the Five Star District will invest more than $24 million into the development of a second CTE campus as well as improvements and renovations to our existing CTE facility at Bollman Technical Education Center (BTEC) in Thornton. Over the last five years, we have turned away over 1,200 students who were interested in taking courses in career ready-fields ranging from auto-mechanics and welding to nursing and graphic design. That’s over 25 percent of interested students missing opportunities to learn due to lack of space. Before renovating BTEC or building a new facility to address overcrowding, we asked industry partners to join us for feedback sessions to ensure that we will continue to offer the best options for student success and to think of classes for future in-demand careers that we do not yet offer.

More than 90 industry partners from the fields of skilled trades, technical sciences and manufacturing, information technology, arts, design, health sciences, and criminal justice and public safety joined us for these conversations. Through our feedback sessions we discussed what jobs will be needed in 5-10 years, what skills are needed in future employees and how industries can potentially partner with the Five Star District in offering learning opportunities for our students.

Through this important feedback, we will create new and expanded programming that provides Five Star students the right skills, opportunities and learning environments to access in-demand careers for the 21st century.