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 graduation
There are some 45 high school and middle school teachers teaching 50 courses these four general disciplines :
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 pages.
“ The Company” coffee shop and catering business at Paris Gibson Education Center Making a quilt for the Paris Gibson Education Center “Sew What” sewing business.
The Auto Tech Center opened in the fall 2006 at Paris Gibson Education Center to train technicians. A prerequisite class has been started for Paris Gibson students.
Partnership with five auto dealerships that put up $15,000 each to fund center: Bison, Bennett, City, Taylor Brothers, and Lithia
‘ Company’: a new teaching method “ Company,” a new business education teaching method, has been implemented at Great Falls High as “Bison Business” and CMR as “Rustlers, Inc.” It creates a real-life work environment for students who earn certificates of competency. Classrooms are organized as a business office and students may earn more than a single credit during a term. There are seminars on “Motivational Mondays “and students dress for professional points on “Dress Up Wednesdays.”
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.
The RoboRustlers team from C.M. Russell High School works on the robot they took to Denver for a regional competition. From left are mentor Cory Koterba, Birgit Bjelkengren, Hunter Neutzling and mentor Mark O'Connell. (Photo courtesy of Jodi Koterba).
Volunteer to be a Career Presenter at Career Fairs
Volunteer for a job shadow
We’re looking for sponsors for various events and programs. An example is the Auto Tech Center that is still looking for sponsorship for its work bays or for a large board table for our new “Company” project
Talk up Career and Technical Education
Veterinarian Kelly Manzer volunteered her time to present to the 8 th Grade Career Fair in 2006.