At this month’s chamber luncheon, chamber members were treated to an overview of Deer Park High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program. District Superintendent and Chamber Board member Travis Hanson, along with Principal Joe Feist, provided luncheon attendees with information regarding the origin and evolution of the CTE Program at Deer Park High School. They then turned the program over to CTE Department Head Kevin Kernan who talked about the diverse training opportunities and courses that make up the CTE curriculum. Chamber members then enjoyed a student-led tour of various CTE programs and facilities where they heard presentations from students and teachers discussing their particular programs. While on the tour, members also met with students from DECA and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) where they heard about the many career-oriented projects and activities being carried out by these two national student organizations. It was clear that students were deeply invested in these programs and the work they displayed and discussed was inspirational.
Deer Park High School’s Career and Technical Education Program trains students for careers in a number of subject areas including graphic design, wood and metalworking, engineering, media production, communication technology/information technology, business, agriculture, as well as bio-medical/forensic science. These courses are academically rigorous and provide students with not only the fundamental skills that are required for post-secondary admission but also the technical skills that will prepare them for successful careers in the highly technical, global economy. Whether a student is going straight to work after high school, to a two-year or four-year college, or a trade school, students will earn responsible work ethic and skills to guide them to success in their future. Chamber members left the luncheon and tour with a renewed sense of excitement and appreciation for the quality instruction teachers are providing kids and for the incredible things kids are doing at Deer Park High School.