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    Student Summer Skills Ready Them for School Year
    Posted on 08/28/2017
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    Students Working and Learning During the Summer!

    This past summer hundreds of Seattle Public Schools students hit the high seas of Seattle’s waterways, honed their culinary skills in the kitchens of famous chefs, collaborated with arts and media experts, and rubbed elbows with family, career, and community leaders from across the country. How did they do all that? Through the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

    CTE is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, and preparation for career and college. CTE and Seattle Skills Center, which is part of CTE, offer courses in areas from agriculture and environmental to health and human services and arts and communications, to business and information technology and science, engineering and industry.

    Every summer, SPS staff, school leaders, teachers, and community industry leaders, like the Seattle Maritime Academy, Boeing, Port of Seattle, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and more, dedicate their time, resources, and expertise to giving students a head-start on the careers and college educations.

    CTE is all about creating positive relationships and pathways, and eliminating opportunity gaps so students can experience the best educational experience. In addition, many of these summer courses are offered all school year. 

    Here is a recap of just some of the great CTE summer work leading into the upcoming 2017-18 school year:

    Culinary Arts

    In August, students who participated in the Seattle Skills Center Summer Culinary Program met and cooked alongside world-renowned chef, Tom Douglas, and visited other working kitchens and farms like Ivar’s, Bow Hill Blueberry Farm, Mod Pizza Headquarters, West Seattle Bee Garden, and Pike Place Market. CTE’s culinary program offers students first-hand experience and skills they can use to pursue a career in culinary arts, college, and in life. 

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    Image of kitchen at Serious Pie

    Here is more information on CTE, Seattle Skills Center Culinary Arts courses.


    Media Arts

    In July, students taking the district’s Media Art Skills Center Course hosted community leaders, political candidates, and families to discuss priorities, values, and commitments of the Seattle community during the “Re-Imagining Our City Together - One Story at a Time” event. The stories students created incorporated cutting-edge media work, like virtual reality, and live streaming conversations.

    Part of a pilot program with The Creative Advantage and Seattle Skills Center, students can now sign-up for the year-long version of Media Arts where they can learn digital art production, animation, film and video production, and multimedia design, among other skills.

    student VR
    student podcast

    Here is more information on CTE, Media Art Skills Center courses.


    Health and Human Services

    In June, CTE students who participate in health and human services courses at Nathan Hale, Ingraham, West Seattle, and Cleveland High Schools learned from the best took part in national and international conventions across the country. The conventions tackled issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. Students earned opportunities to learn from national executive councils and national leadership from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Future Health Professionals (HOSA) to prepare themselves for careers and future studies in health and human services.

    Students at conference

    Here is more information on CTE and Seattle Skills Center courses in Health and Human Services


    Maritime Academy

    Dozens of students took part in a Maritime Field Study course through CTE and Seattle Skills Center's ongoing program with the Seattle Maritime Academy. Students learned a lot of the in's and out's of what it is like to work as a mariner.

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