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May 12, 2013

WISD board members told of CTE program achievements

From Staff Reports

Weatherford ISD Board members heard of the numerous accomplishments achieved by the WHS Career and Technical students during the 2012-13 school year.

While WHS Director of Career and Technical Education John Allison presented his work systems review at Thursday’s board meeting, he couldn’t stop complimenting the 1,739 students who participated in the program.

“We have an amazing program with some amazing teachers,” Allison said.

Allison said approximately 240 students received at least one license or certification during the 2011-12 school year, and he looks for that number to increase in the near future.

Also, a continued increase in CTE enrollment has led to several new course offerings beginning next school year. These courses will include Commercial Photography, Forensic Science, Disaster Response, Corrections, Law Enforcement II, Robotics, Advanced Audio/Visual Technology, Fashion Marketing, Destinations: Careers in Digital Imagery, Professional Communications (Ninth Grade Center) and Horticulture Science (NGC).

Allison also talked about the importance of CTE students giving back to the community.

“Each year, various CTE programs participate in what we call Giving Back Community Service Activities,” he said. “We want our students to become a part of the Weatherford community.”

Community service activities by CTE students throughout the school year included:

• Junior Ambassadors – WHS Outstanding Club of the Year, Adopt-A-Highway Day, Christmas on the Square, Sweet on Business Luncheon.

• Animation – Center of Hope.

• DECA – Build-a-Bear for Corpus Christi Children’s Hospital.

• Cosmetology – Haircuts for Heaters (police department), Haircuts for Underprivileged (Curtis Elementary), haircuts (Senior Center) and hair styles (Special Programs Spring Dance).

• FFA – Fight Hunger (Feed the Children).

• FFA/HOSA – Salvation Army (Ring the Bell).

• NTHS – Keeneland Nursing/Rehab (Christmas decorations).

• HOSA – blood drive, health fair and volunteering at Manna Storehouse.

Allison, who has been with the district the past 11 years, is retiring at the end of the school year.

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