Expo showcases Dist. 88 career, tech education opportunities
NEW ULM — The New Ulm High School held its second annual Career and Technical Education Expo Monday afternoon in the building commons.
The expo allowed students to showcase the curriculum of the school’s varying CTE programs and educate their peers, as well as the community, about what these programs offer.
“I think it’s really beneficial because they’re able to see some hands-on things that they could do in these particular classes,” business/computer science teacher Kayla Ruch said. “We’re very fortunate that we have so many different departments that we offer.”
The CTE program works with students to develop a set of skills that prepares them for careers in certain areas such as agriculture, business, industrial technology, health science and family and consumer science (FACS).
These programs contain a series of courses that combine core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge.
The technical skills that students obtain through these programs provide them a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
During the expo, students also showcased workplace programs such as the New Ulm High School Internship Experience.
District 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said programs like the internship experience help students build workplace relationships with New Ulm area businesses.
According to a handout, the internship experience program sends students out to work with partnering businesses where they’re exposed to career opportunities available in New Ulm.
This allows businesses the opportunity to potentially hire students after they graduate, provided they’re successful during their internship experience.
“If we can work together to provide something for the students. It’s a win for them [businesses] because we’re getting kids interested, and they need workers,” ag/industrial technology (IT) instructor Kevin Briggs said. “And it’s a win for us because they’re providing us a resource we otherwise wouldn’t have been offered.”