Health Science Students Provide Health Screenings to Preschoolers

Health Science Students Provide Health Screenings to Preschoolers

Last fall, for the second year in a row, students in Monroe County Career and Technical Center’s health sciences program offered health screenings to children enrolled in the Monroe Early Learning Collaborative. Both first- and second-year health science students participated in the screening process, which included testing the four-year-olds for weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing.

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North Panola Teacher Academy Students Commit to Community Service

North Panola Teacher Academy Students Commit to Community Service

Teacher academy students in North Panola High School’s CTE program are getting hands-on experience each week as interns at Como Elementary School, where they gain field experience as they work with teachers. The student interns interact with the elementary students and assist as much as possible in the classroom, including teaching minilessons in their second year of training.

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Building for a Cause: Walthall County CTE Constructs House for Community Member

Building for a Cause: Walthall County CTE Constructs House for Community Member

Peek into any CTE construction classroom in Mississippi, and through the flying sawdust and knocking hammers you will see the students building something like a birdhouse or a picnic table. Imagine looking into one of those classrooms and through the haze and noise seeing an entire house taking shape. At Walthall County Career and Technology Center, that is exactly the case, as students take the idea of service learning to the next level by building a house piece by piece.

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Moss Point Instructor Nominated for LifeChanger Award

Moss Point Instructor Nominated for LifeChanger Award

Billy J. Carroll, robotics engineering instructor at the Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center, has been nominated for the 2016-2017 national LifeChanger of the Year award, given by the National Life Group Foundation. This award recognizes K-12 educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

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Choctaw County Students Compete in Chopped-Style Challenge

Choctaw County Students Compete in Chopped-Style Challenge

Second-year students in the Choctaw County culinary arts program had their day on the chopping block in an activity designed to mimic the Food Network’s Chopped competition. Students competed in a three-day contest called “Choctaw County Chopped” that required them to use their culinary knowledge and skills to prepare a delicious entrée and dessert in a limited amount of time using only the mystery ingredients given to them. To complete the challenge, students used skills learned in culinary arts class, including knife skills, cooking methods, attractive plating, and time management.

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Open for Creativity Open for Business: Entrepreneurship Encourages Students to Think Outside the Box

Open for Creativity Open for Business: Entrepreneurship Encourages Students to Think Outside the Box

How can students learn to be the innovators, the doers, and the cutting-edge thinkers that the future demands? Teach them to think like entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is not only about starting a business; it’s also having the capacity to think creatively and ambitiously. Because entrepreneurship is considered an elective course, many students may miss the opportunity to learn skills that could empower them to take charge of their economic destiny.

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New Albany Students Share Classroom Lessons Through Technology

New Albany Students Share Classroom Lessons Through Technology

Second-year students in New Albany School of Career & Technical Education’s early childhood education (ECE) class had the unique experience of creating a training video for local daycare center employees. Kimberly Langley, ECE instructor at New Albany, partnered with Locust Grove Christian Academy in Union County and with Kids Kampus in Sumrall to provide site visits and interviews with childcare directors for her students.

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West Point Healthcare Students Assist With Fall Festival

West Point Healthcare Students Assist With Fall Festival

Students in the healthcare and clinical services class at West Point Career and Technology Center had a fun-filled day volunteering with the residents of Dugan Memorial Nursing Home in October at their annual fall festival. The 24 students visit Dugan twice each month with their instructor, Larisa Ziegelmann, and 2016 marked the second year in which they participated in the fall festival.

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CTE Teachers, Industry Forge Connections: NTI Teacher-Training Program Puts New Focus on Industry Immersion

CTE Teachers, Industry Forge Connections: NTI Teacher-Training Program Puts New Focus on Industry Immersion

The newest cohort of participants in the New Teacher Induction (NTI) program redefined the meaning of student engagement with an industry-immersion experience during their training in June 2016. As part of the cohort’s second summer of training, NTI facilitators turned to industry leaders and professionals to provide a new, hands-on component to the redesigned program. For the first time, NTI teachers participated in industry visits, providing an active-learning element to their teacher-development training.

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Center Hill Digs Into Hands-On Learning

Center Hill Digs Into Hands-On Learning

Center Hill High School’s family and consumer science class is adding to their hands-on opportunities after they were awarded a grant allowing them to establish a chicken coop, greenhouse, compost bin, aquaponics demonstration tank, and garden. Using these new facilities, students will collect eggs, grow produce, learn about pesticides and produce storage, and demonstrate math and science skills.

Beverly Brent Named MSACTE Teacher of the Year

Beverly Brent Named MSACTE Teacher of the Year

Beverly Brent was named teacher of the year at the annual MSACTE Conference in June 2016. She has taught at the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology since 1990 and currently teaches lodging, hospitality, and tourism.

MSACTE CTE Director of the Year Awarded

MSACTE CTE Director of the Year Awarded

The Mississippi Association for Career and Technical Education named John Grady Taylor of Tishomingo County the CTE Director of the Year at the organization’s annual conference. Taylor has led the Tishomingo County Career and Technical Center for nine years. Prior to serving as the director, he taught agriculture at Ingomar and Pine Grove high schools.

South District Agriculture Teacher of the Year Named

South District Agriculture Teacher of the Year Named

Forrest County Agricultural High School’s horticulture teacher was named the Mississippi South District Agriculture Teacher of the Year. Under teacher Rusty Coats, Forrest County’s horticulture program has seen significant growth in enrollment. Coats has 36 years of teaching experience and is an advisor for the Brooklyn FFA chapter.

School-Industry Partnership Gets Students Cooking: Summer Culinary Camp on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

School-Industry Partnership Gets Students Cooking: Summer Culinary Camp on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

With over a dozen cooks in the kitchen, the dishes came flying down the line: lemon chicken piccata, roasted-strawberry shortcake, fettuccini with pesto, lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting, macaroni and cheese with béchamel. Although this scene was led by experienced chefs, most of the cooks were high school students from the Mississippi Gulf Coast who spent a week in the kitchen perfecting their culinary craft as part of a new culinary camp help in June 2016.

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Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organizations from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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