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The public is welcome to attend the Monday evening event and partner with Career and Technical Education teachers

CTE is a buzz word in education these days – and for good reason.

Companies are clamoring for more laborers as fewer high school graduates choose to go into trades fields.

Crook County School District administrators have heard the cry loud and clear and are launching a reinvigorated Career and Technical Education emphasis.

But, to do that, they need to partner with professionals in the community.

To encourage possible partnerships, the school district is hosting a CTE Showcase from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at Crook County High School.

"This is a great opportunity for the broader Crook County community to experience our current CTE offerings as well as discover how they can partner with CCHS to improve learning opportunities for all our students," said CCHS Assistant Principal Joel Hoff, adding that they encourage and welcome professionals as well as the general public to attend the CTE Showcase.

Career and Technical Education offerings at CCHS include manufacturing and engineering, culinary arts, natural resources, business and marketing, health occupations, agriculture, and graphic design.

"The goal is to see the Career Technical Ed classes offered in Crook County right now, build your respect for the work that's going on, and also get excited about the potential that we have and that we're tapping into for the future," said CCSD Superintendent Sara Johnson.

The evening will begin with a presentation in the CCHS auditorium. Visitors are then welcome to visit CTE classrooms and booths set up in the commons area.

All seven of the CTE teachers will be on-hand to showcase their individual courses and discuss their programs.

"You're going to see classes, activities, equipment, tools and resources," Johnson pointed out.

Families will be able to see the variety of classes available for their students, and professionals will be able to see how they can partner with CCHS to better prepare the next generation of Crook County workers.

Each instructor will provide an equipment "wish list" at the showcase.

These lists include everything from cooking utensils for the culinary arts classrooms to heavy machinery tools for the manufacturing and engineering courses.

The student store will be open during the event, and culinary students will offer refreshments.

"Students' work will be displayed, and we'll once again be asking for our people that gather around our kids to commit in some way from their personal resources — not just money — but time, equipment, skills, whatever they are willing to contribute," Johnson said. "We're asking people to make a commitment to the kids in this community, following up on that whole initiative of creating a place where kids can stay as opposed to go."

Additionally, this event coincides with fall parent-teacher conference. Administrators have structured the evening so that parents can attend the showcase and then fully participate in conferences.

"We really want to open the doors to the community so that everyone can see the great things taking place at CCHS," Hoff said.

This is the first time CCHS has held a CTE Showcase.

"Career and Technical Education is a crucial element of our educational program, and we are excited to show the community all that CCHS CTE can offer students," Hoff said. "We are looking forward to strengthening the partnership with our community for the benefit of CCHS students."

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CTE Showcase

Date: 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19

Location: Crook County High School, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd.

For more information, call CCHS at 541-416-6900.

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