• Change of Scenery:
    Career and Technology Education (CTE) is an alternative for students that struggle or have little interest in traditional academic settings. CTE offers new challenges to these students while teaching employability skills like professional attire, public speaking, and job training. McEachern’s CTE courses include Cosmetology, Culinary, Engineering, and Graphic Design. (photo by Jedidah Taylor)

  • Work Appeal:
    Intro to Culinary begins by practicing knife skills, and learn how to cut classic french cuts like julienne, batonnet, small and large dices. They also learn dry and moist cooking methods and basic recipes. Level One Culinary Art uses previously learned skills to work more frequently in the kitchen. Level Two Culinary’s main focus is knowing how to set a table because the students have to cater the food that their class prepares.
    “If culinary students complete all three levels of the course they receive an industry certification called ServSafe; which is required in any food establishment,” culinary teacher Amy Adams said. “It creates a better appeal when applying for a job in the food industry.” (photo by Luysa Gonzalez)

  • Building Confidence:
    When taking these courses, students earn a high school diploma and learn skills that allow them to pursue the workforce instead of a traditional four-year college. CTE allows students the benefit of walking into interviews with confidence thanks to prior preparation through these classes.
    “I believe something I take away from CTE is the liberty to choose if I want to continue learning a certain career by going through a traditional four year college or just start working,” junior Cameron Reese said. (photo by Luysa Gonzalez)

  • The Benefits:
    According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), in 2013, Georgia students who received certification from CTE made $4,000 to $10,000 more a year than a student with a high school diploma. Studies show that students who participate in CTE courses that offer certification are 40 percent more motivated to graduate high school. McEachern offers certification in cosmetology and culinary. (photo by Luysa G onzalez)

  • Instilling Teamwork:
    Students pick up skills that help in real world settings, which academic classes don’t teach. CTE works on team building; crucial to a professional working environment.
    “We have to work together to be able to finish our cooking assignments on time, while one of us cuts the other is preparing the stove and the next is reading the recipe,” sophomore Blais Sammuels said. “If we don’t do our jobs then we all get a bad grade so we learn have to learn teamwork whether we like it or not.”

  • Salon Skills:
    Intro to Cosmetology students take notes on efficient interview, salon management, and customer service skills along with basic no-heat hairstyles; higher levels such as Cosmetology one through four practice difficult tasks that range from heat hair styling such as curling and flat ironing hair to full face makeup.
    “Mrs. Cherry teaches us how to communicate correctly with the interviewer; being polite and courteous,” sophomore Anjae Bethly said. “We also participate in ‘Dress for Success’ to learn how to dress properly for an interview. She also teaches us how to bleach, highlight, color, and cut hair along with different ways to braid hair.” (photo by Luysa Gonzalez)

  • Team Building:
    Engineering classes exercise their knowledge of mathematics and physics starting with the construction of cars in Intro to Engineering to articulate measurements of birdhouses and planes in Engineering III.
    “My level three classes have to make a functional roller coaster with loops and swirls of paper,” engineering teacher Paul Eubanks said. “A marble has to be able to roll through the entire roller coaster, lift up, come back down, and continue.” (photo by Luysa Gonzalez)

  • Job Opportunities:
    All Graphic Design classes work together to create t-shirt designs every semester; Intro to Graphic Design students learn how to use all the programs needed to create graphic designs such as Adobe Photoshop while Graphic Design levels one through four work on designing things from notepads to online web designs.
    “If students continue taking this class they’re able to go on working as a freelance graphic designer or t-shirt designer; anything involving any type of graphic really,” junior Cynthia Romero said.

by Luysa Gonzalez, Staff Writer