Leaving high school with a diploma + was a dream and now reality for many CTE programs. The goal for Career and Technical Education in Bradley County is that students will leave high school as graduates who are college and career ready with a +. The plus, in diploma +, is an extra element that will allow a CTE student to rise above the average student when entering into college, technical school, or the world of work. For example this could be an internship, a portfolio, or an industry certification. To fulfill this goal CTE classes provide opportunities that allow students to excel and develop advanced skills beyond the classroom in the chosen programs of study. Students that have excelled in the 2011-2012 school year were celebrated.
On April 30, 2012 at Walker Valley High School, Bradley County Schools Career and Technical Education celebrated a successful year. One Hundred and ninety students from Bradley Central High School, Ocoee Middle School, and Walker Valley High School were recognized for accomplishments above and beyond the typical coursework in CTE. During the presentation Justin Spak, a junior WVHS Marketing Education student, was awarded a $25.00 gift certificate and distinction as the creator of the new “THINK CTE” logo. Individual student achievements were announced for Dillan Fisher and Ann Pflug. Blake Fowler (FFA) and Megan Bryson (FBLA) represent Bradley County as State Vice Presidents for the 2012-2013 school year. Certificates were presented to these two outstanding students.
This year the CTE students were very successful in Career Technical Student Organizations. Multiple State winners were recognized in HOSA, FBLA, Skills USA, FFA, DECA, ProStart, and TSA. Walker Valley FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) earned the FBLA National Outstanding Chapter Award and the Tennessee Gold Chapter Award. Bradley Central High School FFA was recognized for receiving the FFA Golden Emblem. This highest honor is a tradition for BCHS who has won the highest rating for 44 years in a row, a National Record. Cole Beaty, a FFA student at Walker Valley, had outstanding performances in the Dairy Handler Event in FFA, winning both the state and national first place titles. National recognition also went to 12 Bradley Central High School HOSA students completing portfolios and additional Health Science requirements. To complete the student competitive events portion of the awards ceremony, Logan Pierce, a student at OMS, was recognized for his innovative practices in Technology Engineering.
Through Race to the Top funding a great emphasis has been placed on Industry Certification. Five high school programs have successfully implemented industry certification in the last two years. Students in health science, business technology, cad/drafting, welding, and culinary arts may now leave high school with a jumpstart to post-secondary. These program areas recognized students that had successfully completed all of the prerequisites required to test in the various programs. The certifications included Certified Nursing Assistant, First Responder, ADDA, ICS and Microsoft Office Specialist, American Welding Society, and ProStart. These students tested at the end of the school year.