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Central High School Career Coach Keslie Garrett and Coosa County Career and Technology Center (CCCTC) Director Hester Hamby spent time with each elementary and middle school class, exposing them to careers, in celebration of Career Technical Education Month. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were spent with kindergarten, first grade and second grade during their gym class thanks to Coach Belyeu and Coach Bell.
Mr. Yellow and Ms. Green M&Ms were used to help showcase uniforms and why they are important. Students learned why and how protective eyewear, shirts, gloves, and shoes are unique to certain careers. Students were able to try on the examples of uniforms and try some tools for careers at the end of class. Thank you to our business and industry partners who allowed us to borrow items.
Thursday was spent with fifth grade, and Friday was spent with sixth grade. Hands-on activities were demonstrated in classrooms to showcase the programs offered at the CCCTC. Students built a lie detector or a sound machine, practiced CPR on healthcare mannequins and used the app Quick Draw to compare it to old school Pictionary to learn about computer programming and software development, as well as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Friday also included our first Careers on Wheels event organized by our career coach, Keslie Garrett. Each third and fourth grade class was invited through in rotations, and a time was set aside for any other elementary classes to come through the event. There were nine “wheels” in attendance, and the students loved each one! Pictured are Pastor Tommy Thornton, who is also president of the Coosa County Cattlemen’s Association, along with member Robin Nail showing the students how a hay baler works.
We hope to make this an annual event during Career Tech Month. Thank you to all our community partners who were able to bring their “wheels” for our students to enjoy. It was a great day of learning and new experiences for everyone. If you’re interested in bringing a “wheel” next year, please email Keslie Garrett at email@example.com with your contact information and the type(s) of wheels.
Demonstrations of the Made in Region 5 Box, provided by CentralAlabamaWorks, were presented to seventh and eighth grade classes. The box and the contents of the box were all made within our Workforce Region, and students were able to learn about the products manufactured in our area and how we fit into the global economy.
In addition, there are interactive displays located in the high school lobby for Career Technical Education Month. Each week the displays will change to represent the Career Tech programs offered at CCCTC. Students and visitors are welcomed to take selfies in the displays and post them to one of the Facebook pages to be entered into a drawing.
Lastly, ninth through twelfth grade students are eligible to attend Chew and Chat trips. These “Chew & Chat” sessions will be full-day field trips that highlight one of the 16 national career clusters. Follow our Facebook pages for more live updates. Thank you to Ms. Garrett and Ms. Hamby for all your hard work exposing our students to all the career tech program offerings at CCCTC and piquing their interest in their future career options.