February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, and Fillmore Central’s FBLA, FCCLA, and FFA are observing it in numerous ways. Although each organization has a different academic focus, they all share components of service, education and leadership in their programs.
This year in conjunction with CTE Month in February, the 100th legislative anniversary that initiated the federal investment in secondary vocational education (now CTE) is being observed also. The Smith-Hughes Act helped to not only establish funding, but it created the framework and standards for quality secondary agriculture, business, home economics, and industrial arts programs.
CTE programs are a vital part of the Fillmore Central curriculum that prepare students for jobs in a wide variety of fields. Over the years, many changes have occurred including titles of programs and policies. A visit to the high school will find students utilizing language arts, mathematics and scientific knowledge in many of their CTE courses. Dual enrollment has become an option and students gain valuable leadership skills through their involvement in the three career and technical student organizations available.
On February 15 in celebration of the month, 27 local businessmen and women were invited to visit the school to share their knowledge and advice to the Fillmore Central student body. Students were asked to select a career panel to attend out of nine available offerings. Most of the speakers shared that communication and speaking skills valuable skills needed in the workplace. They encouraged students to get involved and put their entire effort into doing the best at whatever they choose to do.
Panelists attending the day included: Dayle Harlow, Heather Broman and Aislee Grant-accounting and business management careers; Kyle Bonin, Shelbi Palensky, and Josh Turner- entrepreneurship; Shaun Farmer, Christin Lovegrove, and Megan Nunns—hometown opportunities; Kyle Kimbrough and Keith Shellhase-agricultural mechanics; Mike Grothe, Chad Engle, and Dr. Halden Clark-animal science; Reid Baumgartner, Todd Burda, and Charlie Barbur-plant science; Patty Roper Epperson and Glen Loontjer-textiles; Jill Schmidt, Jenni Hoarty and Brenda Kowalski-food and healthy lifestyles; and Whitney Peppard, Heidi Lightwine, and Cherie Domeier-human services.