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CTE

Career and Technical Education at LCA

CTE Month

What is CTE?

Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management and many more. CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.

What is CTE Month? 

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

Audio / Visual Production and Computer Science

In this week's CTE Program Highlight, we spent some time with Mr. Calvin discussing Audio / Visual and Computer Science at Lakeway. 

Q: What types of jobs does your courses prepare students for?

A: 

  • AV Production
  • Camera Operator
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Freelance Videographer
  • Video Editor
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Web Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • App Developer

Q: What skills do students learn in your courses?

A:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Q: How does the bible connect to your courses?

A: A technology course can be hard to connect the bible to, but in my courses, I try to give the students assignments that let use the creative gifts God has given them. It's not uncommon to have a discussion in my courses about different aspects of the bible and how we can relate them back to our society today and living in the technology world.

Q: What special projects or competitions have your students participated in?

A: Students that take AV Production get opportunity to help film sporting events, chapels, and theater performances. Students also get to create their own videos and podcast that can be shared for all the Lakeway students and staff to see. In Computer Science the students get to create websites and small programs that they can then take home and build on as they grow in their programming knowledge.

Q: Why are you passionate about your CTE Courses?

A: I am passionate about my courses because AV and Computer Science gave me an outlet when I wanted to be creative. Being able to show students the behind the scenes of how their favorite shows or apps are made is always a rewarding experience.

 

Robotics / Intro to Engineering / STEM

LCA CTE program highlight: Robotics

In this week's CTE Program Highlight, we spent some time with Mr. Hubbard discussing Intro to Engineering and Robotics at Lakeway.  

Q: What types of jobs do your courses prepare students for?

A: The CTE courses provide students with opportunities in:

  • CAD designer
  • 3D fabrication & design
  • Engineering apprentice
  • Research and development
  • Quality assurance (QA)
  • Programmer or coder
  • Data entry

Q: What skills do students learn in your courses?

A: Students learn:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Research
  • Creativity
  • Inspiration
  • Exploring

Q: How do you strive to accomplish biblical integration in your courses?

A: As I look at the courses and in reverence with the Bible, I think of Noah building the Ark. The perseverance, inspiration and engineering the Ark, to perfection through God’s working spirit.

Genesis 6:14: “Make thee an Ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”

Q: What special projects or competitions have your students participated in?

A: Intro to Engineering students created a foot pump hand sanitizer station. Students were provided the details and dimensions to create and assemble the station provided step-by-step instructions.

Students in robotics build robots meeting the REC dimensions 18”x18”x18”. 

Robotics students have participated in Vex Robotics Competitions at various schools throughout Eastern Tennessee. These groups of students currently have attributed to two trophies and sportsmanship recognition for the 2020 – 2021 season.

Q: What are you passionate about in your CTE Courses?

A: Simply students having an open mind, allowing themselves to explore ideas, applying those ideas, being creative with the understanding that anything is possible.

Culinary Arts

LCA CTE program highlight: Culinary Arts

In Culinary Arts, students make something new each week. The beginning of the school year started with a simple chocolate chip cookie, but they will soon have homemade pasta under their belts. This course prepares students with life skills as well as skills to prepare them for careers in culinary, nutrition, and hospitality.

Students already have a confidence in the kitchen that they didn't have at the beginning of the school year. They are so much more confident in what they are doing and making.

One of the best parts about culinary arts is seeing the joy the students have after they have made something, and how proud they are to share the things they have made with the other students and teachers at school.

In Culinary Arts students gain knowledge of nutrition and the understanding of how to best care for their temple. This course also gives students the opportunity to further showcase the skill that God has given them in the kitchen.  

One of the unique things about the culinary arts program here at Lakeway, is that students are given the opportunity to use and showcase their skills for school events. Unfortunately due to Covid, the school events have been minimal this year. But hopefully in the future, culinary arts students will be given an abundance of opportunities to show off what they have learned and accomplished!

"We have so much fun in Culinary Arts," said KC Alvarado, CTE Director. "I have received pictures from students and parents of them at home, practicing what they have learned in class. I could not be prouder that they are taking the things that they have learned home and are practicing for their friends and family." 

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