“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” ~Steve Jobs
Not Your Mother’s Vocational Education
Vocational Education is dead, long live Vocational Education. In recent years the old outdated model of vocational education that prepared students for unskilled jobs requiring no more than a high school education has finally been laid to rest. From the ashes has risen Career and Technical Education.
Career and Technical Education (further referred to as CTE) has reinvented itself for the 21st Century. CTE consists of various pathways that lead to technical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in a 21st Century global economy. CTE is no longer the haven for slackers.
CTE at Edison High School
The purpose of CTE at Edison is:
“To prepare students for tomorrow’s opportunities and to provide students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and relevant career and technical education program that leads to high school graduation, academic achievement, preparation for college, and successful employment in a global economy.”
At Edison we offer courses in two pathways:
- Arts, Media & Entertainment (Digital Media and Photo)
- Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation (Culinary Arts)
Our largest pathway is Arts, Media & Entertainment. The popularity of the Arts, Media & Entertainment pathway has grown exponentially in the past couple of years with a large infusion of new industry standard technology. Edison now has the premiere Digital Media lab in the district and one of the best in the county. Before the current economic crisis, we were able to take advantage of Federal funding, earmarked for job training in high growth areas, to purchase a new Digital Media lab. The Mac Lab consists of thirty-six iMac computers, two Mac Pro video editing stations, professional video cameras and other filmmaking equipment, HDSLRs, Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Final Cut Studio, scanners, graphic tablets, a color LaserJet printer, and an Epson 4880 wide format poster printer.
Why is this important for your son or daughter?
To compete in the 21st Century global economy, today’s student needs more than academic core courses and test scores. Career and Technical Education IS for college prep students. The yearlong Digital Media courses (Multimedia Design and Digital Video Production) are college prep electives recognized by UC. These courses are rigorous and relevant. They prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow and teach students valuable skills in planning, collaboration, critical thinking, and project management needed to be successful in college and beyond. CTE students are expected to attend either a two-year or four-year college upon graduation.
Another advantage of having strong technical skills is the additional opportunities for scholarships and for the opportunity of higher paying jobs while in college. Working in a production house or Web design studio pays a lot better than working retail. Not to mention, the working environment is much better.
Think about the great minds of the past . . . Aristotle, Da Vinci, Einstein . . . What did they have in common? Instead of merely studying academics, they had a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Modern education is all about passing the next test. It is all left brained. Great discoveries come to fruition from a combination of the left and the right brain. To be truly great, students need to expand their thinking. Encourage your son or daughter to sign up for a class in the Mac Lab. Their future depends on it.