CTE programs at CCHS growing and expanding
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continue to grow and expand at Crook County High School.
Ryan Cochran, CTE Workforce Development coordinator at CCHS, explained that there are currently nine different CTE programs at CCHS. Included are agriculture science, manufacturing, construction, culinary, business, health sciences, natural resources, robotics/computer science, and graphic design/media. Next term, there will be a natural resource class, as a new instructor was recently hired to teach it.
Cochran noted that they added a new construction class, which includes construction one. The new career pathway, taught by Ron Berg, was added last spring term. The students have access to 20 different stations where they learn about electrical, plumbing, making cabinets, framing walls, and reading blueprints.
"We are seeing some amazing learning opportunities come out of that," Cochran said of the new construction class.
In the Ag Science program, instructor Dan McNary has added new concrete flooring in the greenhouses. They recently harvested approximately 7,000 pounds of potatoes from the agriculture lab off of Barnes Butte Road.
Graphic design recently held a logo contest for the Prineville Center Foundation—previously the Prineville Soroptimist. The new foundation wanted a logo, and the graphic design class announced a first-place winner the first of November, Sara Daniels.
"Their new logo is going to come from our graphic design class, so that has been a really cool opportunity to make some real-life things that kids will see in our community too," noted Cochran.
Other new CTE classes include business courses, like the Cowboy Corral, taught by Kim Crofchek. She is the instructor for the business programs and brings together all the various aspects of business — including small business operation, investments, and advertising and marketing.Â Crook County High School offers 10Â different courses in this program of study.Â Their business program also articulates with Central Oregon Community College for dual credit.
"Our ultimate goal is to give really authentic, work-related experiences ," said Cochran of their business classes. "We have redesigned our library, and part of the library now has the student store in it — the Cowboy Corral."
He added that this student enterprise includes coffee beverages, smoothies, and snacks — and also sells accessories such as beanies, apparel, water bottles, masks and hats. Crofchek also has added an online ordering service to the Cowboy Corral, which enables students and staff to put the order online to minimize disturbance to classrooms.
"They put an order out, it gets made, and gets sent immediately to that classroom. It streamlined a lot of things, but also helps with not making as many disturbances in classrooms" added Cochran.
He pointed out that the business pathway will be the center hub for the CTE courses. Programs that are creating products, such as manufacturing, graphic arts, ag science, construction, and culinary — are marketed through the business pathway.
Under the umbrella of the CTE business program, Crofchek teaches Introduction to Business, Small Business Operations, Personal Finance and Advanced Marketing.
"Introduction to Business is a project-based class that teaches students the basic structures of business, such as structures, organizational charts, operations, human resources, ethics and legal requirements," explained Crofchek. "They are putting together a business plan as their final projects. Small Business Operations is the daily operations of the Cowboy Corral Student Store. In this class, we evaluate the wants and needs of the students and staff for food, accessories, and apparel."
She added that she and her students worked with their Nutritional Services Director, Denny Bauldre, who taught them how to calculate whether the food meets the nutritional services guidelines and then they have a well-designed operational plan to take orders online, prepare, and serve during their second period.
The Advanced Marketing class helps other CTE and programs at Crook County High School market their products.
"So far, we have helped our Crook County Industries (CCI), Manufacturing, (Billy Hall's) class to prepare an order form for the customizable awards, cornhole boards, jewelry and stickers they make in their class. They also work closely with our students to design bumper stickers and engraving for water bottles we sell in the store," said Crofcheck.
Kendall Maycut, a senior, and Emma Daniels, also a senior, have created a monthly, internal staff newsletter highlighting clubs, new staff, and "What's Happening at CCHS."
"The main area I have focused on for marketing for other CTE programs, is Emma Daniels and I have created two newsletters so far about what is going on around the school," explained Maycut. "The first newsletter we did was showcasing what each teacher was working with the students on in their classes. All of the teachers that responded to our Newsletter Survey got the opportunity to be in the newsletter. This included teachers that are in charge of some of the CTE classes. Our second newsletter was more focused on the clubs going on around the school and how the students could join them if interested."
He also stated that the class has also worked with the CCI Industries class to get more stickers printed so that there are more options for the students and parents to choose from. Maycut is also part of another CTE program called Photography 2, where they take pictures of the products in CTE classes that are selling products through the Advanced Marketing Class. Products include hats, beanies, shirts, water bottles, cornhole boards, and awards.
"As a part of Advanced Marketing and Advertising, we help the other CTE programs in our school and advertise their products," said Daniels of the Advanced Marketing class. "I have enjoyed being in the class because I have been able to use my design skills to create logos, posters, and a newsletter for staff. To make the newsletter more engaging, we kept it short with different layouts or graphics on every page."
"Jessica Bravo has helped maintain inventory and posters for the new items we sell in the Cowboy Corral," said Crofchek. "Dylan Storey and Alvaro Martinez Vargas have specifically worked with the CCI class to create our products and their order form."
"My project has been working with CC Industries," said Martinez Vargas, a junior in Crofchek's Advanced Marketing class. "I helped get pictures for things we are planning to sell like cornhole boards and jewelry boxes. I check in on projects and make sure we are getting closer to the finished product. There is sometimes a stop when the CC Industries have to clean and are not able to work, so it pushes us back a little but we still end up with something that we can take pictures of and sell it if they make more. It is good to check with CC Industries to see what we have so far and fix something that we can make better."
Crofchek concluded that her program is just beginning to work with the Youth Transitions Program with Toni Harvey and Patty Bates to help them market items their students create, such as wooden signs, t-shirts, customized mugs, pop sockets and more.
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