In the East End, the district's recently unveiled plan for Career and Technical Education (CTE) consists primarily of:
consolidating the Culinary Arts and Health Sciences programs at Westinghouse;This is not a real overhaul, as dictated by the PPS School Board, and these CTE options do not adequately reflect the preferences expressed by parents, students, teachers and community members at the DeJong community dialogues.
discontinuing the Cosmetology program at Westinghouse; and
adding an Information Technology, Business and Finance program at Milliones.
The top individual and online CTE choices at the dialogues were:
- Engineering Technology
- Construction & Trades
- Health Sciences
Consumer Services such as Culinary Arts were at the bottom of the list at the community dialogues and yet are included in each of the District’s proposed “triads” (North, South and East regions). In addition, there is no provision for training in environmental/green technologies, a field that will be a major source for jobs in the near future. Only HVAC, machinist and welding are listed for Construction and Trades, a field that is rich with opportunities for good paying jobs, and no plan has been provided for students in the East region to participate in even these limited offerings. In general, participants in the community dialogues requested that CTE offerings be based on sound research into projected demand for the skills in question.
The District should provide information as to the job market data on which CTE recommendations are based and should offer CTE options for all students that are better aligned with community preferences. A citizens' panel on CTE should be convened to assist with these tasks.