Why CTE Classes?
CTE classes, or Career Technical Education classes, are a great way for DECA members to get ahead of the competition by offering invaluable classroom experience.
CTE classes encompass the four major categories of DECA:
- Business Management & Administration
Here are the top five reasons why CTE is highly beneficial for DECA members and how the right teachers can make a difference.
1. So many options to choose from.
CTE provides a wide array of course, and all this variety means you can figure out which career cluster suits you best. You can see a list of CTE classes in the infographic below. You can also choose your DECA competitive event based on your CTE preference. For example, if you really like a sports marketing class you took at school, then you could participate in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series DECA event.
2. Provides you with background knowledge to build on.
Taking CTE classes allow you to recognize more situations, vocabulary and ideas mentioned during DECA tests and role-plays. You never know what will be tested or what role plays will be given, but taking classes that are meant to prepare you, it gives you a wider base of knowledge to pull from and apply in different situations.
3. Teach relevant topics.
The content taught in CTE classes is meant to applicable and is definitely utilized in various careers. Even in high school jobs, CTE topics can be used. For example, you can understand your payroll and taxes with an accounting class.
4. Provides you with essential career and life skills.
CTE courses equip students with not only the knowledge needed in the workforce but also the necessary skills. Putting lectures into action is what CTE classes aim to do. Instead of simply studying from a textbook and CTE classes allow you to attain certification and real experience. One way to experience the curriculum taught in CTE courses in through DECA.
5. Connects students to their business and local community.
CTE classes have a great awareness of career opportunities based on students’ locations, making the course offerings even more relevant to students’ communities. For example, in Wichita Falls, the industry of agriculture and oil industries are key components in employment. Therefore, accessibility course like STEM and Agriculture are critical to students and their communities. DECA allows this type of connection between students and their communities by encouraging chapter projects, involving different groups of people coming together for a good cause. Chapter projects are fun and beneficial for students and can have a great local impact.
How CTE Teachers Make the Difference
Teachers can make or break a class experience, including CTE classes. Some teachers just recite facts and the curriculum, but others go above and beyond to really engage students and truly teach them about different careers and how to be the best you can be.
Most CTE teachers have experience working in the field they teach; so naturally, students receive a more comprehensive curriculum compared to other classes.
There are many teachers who really care about the student’s futures at Apex High School. They encourage life skills and knowledge, and students are able to create relationships and connections with them, allowing them to further their education and resources.
Many DECA advisors are also CTE teachers or involved with CTE courses, so students are able to develop a strong relationship with them. These teachers can help and collaborate with students throughout their high school experience and in the future. Teachers are always a resource to learn and grow.
This article was written by Apex DECA member, Melissa Patrocinio. You can follow Melissa on Twitter @Melissa_Patro.