In today’s world, vocational classes mean hands on education for careers, and they aren’t just for students who don’t plan on going to college.
Today’s students take career and technical (CTE) classes to open up choices and oppor5unities. These include starting a high paying career right out of high school, or going to college.
Of course, the practical thing for many students is to use the high paying career jobs they get right out of high school to finance their college education, leading to a higher paying career opportunity.
Almost every high school in Berrien County Georgia offers CTE courses. If students want to take a CTE course not offered in their school district, they can travel to another district that does offer the desired course.
She said students are graduating from high school as certified nursing assistants and licensed cosmetologists. Others will enter apprenticeship programs in agriscience or construction.
Dudley said students in the Allied Health CTE program at Benton Harbor High School can become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at the end of the class by taking a state exam.
“With a CNA certificate, they can get a job for $12 to $15 an hour to start with,” she said.
Some students work as CNAs while attending college to receive a nursing degree, she said. Other students decide to stay as CNAs.
Kelli Parker, the registered nurse in charge of the Allied Health program, said even if her students decide not to take the CNA test, they can work as a nurse’s aide at a hospital.
Parker said students from all over northern Berrien County can attend her program at Benton Harbor High School.