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Title: Career and Technical Education in the Great Falls Public Schools

Career and Technical Education in the Great Falls
Public Schools
Your Logo Here
An overview
  • Career and Technical Education courses
    provide academic and technical knowledge and
    skills to prepare for further education and
    careers in current or emerging employment
    sectors. These programs focus on career
    preparation, resource management, communication,
    technical skill development, applied academics,
    technological literacy, personal skills and
    leadership.  One credit is required by the
    Montana Office of Public Instruction for
  • There are some 45 high school and middle
    school teachers teaching 50 courses these four
    general disciplines
  • Health Science (Med Prep)
  • Industrial Technology
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Sciences

The need
  • Cascade County is at over 6 percent unemployment
    rate. This has increased from 2.2 percent three
    years ago. Full employment is 4 percent.
  • There are critical shortages of workers in the
    skilled trades (carpenters, plumbers, welders,
    electricians), hospitality workers, and health
    care workers
  • Many of these jobs pay better
  • than those requiring a college
  • degree

Whos enrolled
  • A credit of career and technical education is a
    graduation requirement.
  • More than half of all Great Falls public school
    students are enrolled in a CTE (hands-on,
    practical) class at any time.

By the program
  • Industrial technology
  • Health professions
  • Family and consumer science
  • Business
  • Agriculture

Special events
  • Career fairs

Construction Trades Fair
Health Careers Fair
Apprenticeship Rodeo Oct. 4-5
High school houses
  • Two houses are under construction by Great Falls
    High and CMR students in conjunction with
  • Interior Design class students help plan
    furnishings, and a landscape class at CMR helps
    with outside design.

Business enterprises
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
    stores for students at CMR and GFHS
  • Great Falls High School shop students sell
    storage units they build in class.
  • CMR Woodshop class makes and sells swings and
  • North Middle School shop classes run a laser
    engraver business.

Paris Gibson Education Center businesses
  • A number of businesses at Paris Gibson Education
    Center Sew What (formerly Avant Gear), The
    Company that runs a school café and catering
    business, Lynx Grafix that does T-shirt and mug
    design, and Paris Gibson Designs, that does
    business cards, calendars, photos and even Web

Making a quilt for the Paris Gibson Education
Center Sew What sewing business.
The Company coffee shop and catering business
at Paris Gibson Education Center
Meeting new needs
  • A wind generator was erected in November 2008 at
    CMR and solar panels at GFHS in spring 2010
    anticipating the boom in alternative power source
  • The Auto Tech Center opened in Fall 06 at Paris
    Gibson School to train technicians. Partnership
    with five auto dealerships that put up 15,000
    each to fund center Bison, Bennett, City, Taylor
    Brothers, and Lithia.
  • All business ed classes operate on a Company

Dress up day at Rustler Inc business ed class
based on Company model
Instruction at Paris Gibson Education Center ASE
Auto Tech Center.
Wind generator goes up at CMR in Fall 2008
Beyond the classroom
  • There are more than 325 juniors in the Job
    Shadowing program that offers 600 shadows.
  • Many students earn credits by taking Work
    Experience courses and working part-time and
    plans are underway for expansion of internship

10-11 Plans
  • An Agriculture Program was launched this fall
  • The concept of Learning or career academies has
    been selected for study by the school board.
    Tentatively, there would be four academies Arts
    and communications/Human Services, STEM/Skilled
    Crafts/Health-Wellness, Business and Marketing,
    and Freshman Academy
  • Solar panels will be used in electricity classes
    at GFH
  • The wind energy at CMR will be harnessed for use
    in a Green Machine, a donated Volkswagon
    mini-bus converted to electrical use. The bus
    will haul NMS students taking CMR classes
  • Two engines purchased for competition between CMR
    and GFH
  • A pilot project for 200 Great Falls High and
    Paris Gibson students to prepare for a National
    Work Readiness Certificate

Beyond the district
  • Students are enrolled in dual credit courses at
    MSU-Great Falls College of Technology in auto
    body repair and EMT (first responders) basic.
  • Med Prep students train at Benefis with nurses to
    qualify as Certified Nursing Assistants.

Little known facts
  • Enrollment is high. Approximately half of
    the high school graduates are Vocational
    Concentrators by taking three CTE credits or
    more before they graduate.
  • Post-secondary credit which saves time and money
    for students is available Dual Enrollment
  • Work Experience allows students to receive credit
    while working for wages on a job.
  • Career and Technical Education has strong
    partnerships with the local business community
    and uses Advisory Boards for five content areas.
  • Additional funding comes from a state allocation
    and from a Carl Perkins federal grant.

Student organizations
  • Career and Technical Organizations
  •  Business Professionals of America (BPA),
  • Association of Marketing Students (DECA),
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Industrial Technology Students (SKILLS USA/VICA)
  • FFA
  • These organizations enhance education with a
    co-curricular option that motivates students
    through competitive events with an emphasis on
    leadership, citizenship and specific skills.GFPS
    also requires all Middle School students to take
    a quarter (each year) in Industrial Technology
    and Family and Consumer Science. These courses
    familiarize students with woods, technology, home
    maintenance, textiles, foods and personal/family
    issues. These curricula provide an introduction
    to the high school courses.

North Middle School Company that uses a laser
engraver to learn technology and computer skills
as well as how to operate a company and turn a
Other facts
  • Field trips include local eateries to find out
    how they cater to clients
  • Career classes include Hospitality, Tourism and
    Recreation class, entrepreneurship class,
    consumer mechanics class, applied physics class,
    and landscape design class.

The future
  • Were constantly looking for new ideas
  • For example were studying a pre-engineering
    program that reaches into the Middle Schools to
    meet a national need for engineers
  • Ready to work certification
  • More partnerships with the community
  • Volunteerism through AmeriCorps for high school
    house students

Graduates of the Fall 2008 CNA class from CMR.
The number of CNA classes has grown from one to
three in the past year to meet demand.
How you can help
  • Volunteer to be a Career Presenter at Career
  • Volunteer to be a job shadow mentor
  • Were looking for sponsors for various events and
    programs. An example is the Auto Tech Center that
    is still looking for sponsorship for its work
  • Talk up Career and Technical Education

Veterinarian Kelly Manzer volunteered her time to
present to the 8th Grade Career Fair in 2006.
  • Tom Kotynski
  • Workforce Development Facilitator
  • Great Falls Public Schools
  • 268 6024
  • Career and Technical Education Web page
  • CareerTechEd/CareerTechEd.html
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