Wheatland Union High School will be partnering with Yuba College for a professional development opportunity called Catapult sponsored by Kevin Fleming, Ph.D., that starts in February. Dr. Fleming is a nationally recognized expert in the world of CTE on the High School and Community College levels.
“While we believe that Wheatland Union High School District has been succeeding in the area of offering and promoting high-quality CTE programs and has been slowly and successfully overcoming the misconception of what CTE is for several years, I am excited for the opportunity to learn more about how we can continue this path and possibly accelerate our (and student) success. Rather than the traditional view of "College OR Career Readiness,” it is vital that our students and community see the value in "College AND Career Readiness,” said Nicole Newman, Wheatland Union High School District Superintendent.
The Catapult training will provide us with skills and techniques for marketing our CTE programs to show our community that technical skills are as valuable as Academic Skills for student success and help us evaluate our programs so that we are always offering the highest-quality programming to our students.
“CTE education is, amongst other things, about great careers for students and an employable workforce for our community. We have partnered to create clear pathways to help students fill those needs for our employers starting their freshman year at Wheatland Union High School. This training will help us to amplify and continue to expand this work,” said Dr. Tawny Dotson, President of Yuba College.
The training is limited to 15 institutions. We have partnered with YC to form one institution. An institution can have up to 8 people in its cohort. YC and WUHS will each designate four people to attend the training. Training is monthly via Zoom for five months and is led by different industry experts. After each training, the industry expert will arrange a private meeting with each institution to work on their individual marketing and programming plan.
Here is the "Why" behind the Catapult Training from Kevin Fleming, PhD and founder of Catapult, LTD:
America is entangled in a deep love affair with a bachelor's degree. As a result, Career & Technical Education is often viewed as "less than" or the alternative. I am sure many of you have experienced this as well in both large and small ways:
- CTE is mired in misconceptions and is stigmatized.
- CTE is seen as a route strictly for "those" students or as a second-tier option for students that are not "university-bound."
- Programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and AVID are perceived as more important and more valuable than industry credentials and CTE pathways in preparing students for life after commencement.
- "Career Readiness" is too frequently defined and measured by "college readiness." (Psst: They are not the same thing!)
- Parents are proud to share that their child is going on to a four-year university, but they are timid and hesitant to share that their child is going on to an apprenticeship program or a trade school.
- And the list goes on and on
The biggest challenge for CTE is to change outdated perceptions and reverse long-held stigmas. Research shows that these misconceptions persist in the minds of adults, parents, and educators more than in students themselves. In particular, parents and high school counselors often think of CTE as what it was when they were young (dirty, dead-end, for the academically challenged) and not what it is now: advanced technologies, clean, lucrative, essential, and cutting-edge.
Dr. Kevin J. Fleming
Author. CEO. Vice President, Norco College
The Catapult Training will begin in February with one training and one personal coaching and planning meeting with each institution through the month of May. Both of our organizations are looking forward to sharing with our community the great thing that we are doing in the areas of Career Technical Education and overall Student Success.
For more information about this contact Carol Keiser, Director of CTE, Innovation & Instructional Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org