School district seeks public input on technical education

Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 7:45 PM AKST
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is looking for the public's help in building the future of Alaska's Career and Technical Education.

CTE classes can range from focus in the Medical field, to culinary arts, to computer programming.

Each high school in the district has its own set of classes, with over 100 provided throughout the borough - and some classes even offer college credit after completion.

Career and Technical Education Director, Daniel Domke, says that these classes are a great way to explore different careers, and get students college or career ready.

Daniel Domke; CTE Director>>: "The career exploration piece is very, very important. Research will show that kids really only know, for jobs, what their mom does, what their dad does, what a significant other person in their family does and maybe a random occupation or two that they've had exposure to. It's a jump start. It really is a bridge or transition to the adult world. These career and tech ed classes and it springboards a lot students right out of high school either into post-secondary training or post-secondary job opportunities or it spring-boards them right into college."

Parents and students can learn more about the district's Career Technical Education Program this Thursday evening at Ryan Middle School starting at 5:30.

The School District will present a review of the CTE program, discuss current District and Community needs, and identify issues and opportunities for future CTE programs.