Bend-La Pine Schools Celebrate Vocational and Technical Education

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend-La Pine Schools is celebrating Career and Technical Education Month by highlighting the district’s 28 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which are available at all seven high schools in the district and serve more than 1,600 high school students per year.

Nearly one in three high school students enroll in these engaging, hands-on, and highly skilled career exploration activities each year, ranging from cooking and computing to manufacturing and health professions.

The community can join in the celebration by following the district’s social media channels Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, where a program at each high school will be featured each day for seven days in honor of Vocational Tech Month:

  • Tuesday – Construction at Bend Senior High
  • Wednesday – STEM Engineering at Bend Tech Academy at Marshall High
  • Thursday – Health Professions at Caldera High
  • Friday – Crafting at La Pine High
  • Saturday – Culinary at Mountain View High
  • Sunday – Construction at Realms High
  • Monday – Computer Science at Summit High

In 2021-2022, 1,686 high school students enrolled in a vocational technical education course at one of the district’s seven high schools. Programs vary by school and fields of study: automotive, business, graphic design, health professions, cooking, construction, manufacturing, engineering, computer science, criminal justice, forestry, and agriculture.

Patrick McLain teaches CTE Construction and Lumber classes at Bend Senior High School. Students are currently learning real-world skills by building playhouses that will be outfitted with residential finishes.

“This program introduces children to a variety of trades and is designed to teach them the skills needed to make them immediately employable after leaving high school. This program increases wages, job consistency and leads to higher quality jobs in the trades without having to take out student loans,” McLain said.

McLain is one of many teachers with robust CTE options that are of great interest and value to students across the district.

“Some CTE paths lead directly to a college or post-secondary education while other paths help students discover a high-demand, high-paying career option,” said Stephen DuVal, director of college and career preparation for Bend-La Pine schools. “Over the past decade, we have seen CTE program options expand in our high schools as local industries, families, students, and colleges understand the value of students gaining hands-on, real-world experience through these programs.

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