FRHSD Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month®
February is Career and Technical Education Month®, a time to celebrate the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Students in CTE programs across the district took part in a variety of activities all month long.
In Howell High School, freshman in the CTE courses took part in the Sweet Project Challenge, a pretty tasty task. Students created a candy bar, with specific design constraints such as volume and the need to include a healthy element, and had to “sell” their bars to a panel of judges. Students enhanced their math, public speaking, engineering, designing, innovation, science, and problem-solving skills through this project. Broken into groups, the students created their concept and flavor profiles for the chocolate bars. Some flavor combinations included coconut, berry, strawberry pretzel, banana, and cinnamon. The teams were charged with designing, branding, and creating a prototype candy bar. The wrapper had to be either edible, biodegradable, or recyclable. In addition, students created a wooden form and vacuum formed molds to create their bars. The overall presentations to judges included a television commercial for the chocolate bar, a finished prototype, and a detailed booklet. Some photos from the project can be seen below.
Higher level courses in the CTE program welcomed guest speaker-presentations about the various careers in the field.
Also at Howell, the Entertainment Technology program hosted a professional guest speaker. David Schoner, the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission came to the school to speak with students. Students received guidance from Mr. Schoner regarding proactive approaches to applying for film schools, how to network effectively within the entertainment world and wisdom learned from productions he himself led in the past. He encouraged the class to maintain contact with each other and alumni in the future, stressing that collaboration often leads to more diverse opportunities in the future. During the group discussion, Mr. Schoner explained that contrary to a popular myth, there is work to be had in the entertainment field but the key is determination and hustle, with persistence being a necessary trait for success. He also recommended that if students are technically inclined, to not be afraid to immerse themselves and learn all aspects of the camera or editing or lighting before going straight to work when opportunities present themselves.
With the Garden State Film Festival approaching at the end of March, Mr. Schoner made clear that these public events are perfect opportunities for students to meet potential future colleagues and employers, as well showcase their hard work. Howell High School will be well represented at the Garden State Film Festival with three films, "The Art of Observation," "Broken Rocketship," and "Do Me Right/Wrong," screening on March 27th and 28th. After their meeting with Mr. Schoner students left with a better understanding of the film industry and what the future can hold for them if they are willing to commit.
Over at Freehold High School, the school’s four CTE programs hosted an afternoon showcase. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality program welcomed back two alumni who spoke about the benefits of the program in preparing them for college and beyond. Jaclyn Cusack and Tommy Dellanno both discussed how experiences the program provides are top notch and give students an advantage for the future. Current culinary students displayed their award-winning appetizers and an array of other goodies. The program’s teachers discussed the various off-site opportunities students are provided. Students have worked with Wegmans, where they learned how to prepare sushi, as well as being invited to tour the food and conference services facilities at Credit Suisse. Graduates of the program have gone on to open bakeries, become executive chefs at restaurants around the world, and gone on to teach culinary themselves.
Freehold High School is also home to the Web Design Program. This three-year program currently has 38 students enrolled, though that number has increased significantly for the third cohort, which will begin in September 2019. Students in the program take web design courses and as seniors have the opportunity to earn college credits through an agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The program also affords students the chance for job shadowing and to work in collaboration with industry partners. Students in two levels of the program showcased the websites they have created in class. Though only halfway into the school year, the skills demonstrated in creating interactive, visually appealing websites was impressive.
Also at Freehold High School is the Medical Sciences program. This four-year program provides students a chance to spend time in an externship at CentraState Medical Center. Twice a month, students attend a lecture series and then shadow physicians and health care providers. Students also design and conduct independent research projects that culminate in a formal research paper to be presented to their peers and community. Every year the students are selected to present these projects at prestigious science symposiums across the region.
The Health Professions Program is in its first year at Freehold High School. Students are learning the other aspects to the health care industry such as medical coding, intake and terminology. Students in this CTE program are able to become CPR/AED certified and can also earn college credits through an articulation agreement with Rutgers University School of Health Professions.
Photos from Freehold High School’s CTE Showcase can be seen below.
In addition, the Freehold Regional High School District is pleased to announce that Colts Neck High School’s Naval Junior ROTC was recently approved to be the district’s ninth CTE program.