The Oxford-Lafayette CTE program drives growth and program development
Posted at 8:34 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2022
The Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology (TECH), a vocational school that provides students with skills applicable to the job market or post-secondary education, is experiencing significant growth in numbers and is working to further develop its programs .
“One of the things that makes us so unique is that we’re the only program in this district acreage that produces job-ready employees,” said Grant Crockett, director of special services for Lafayette Schools. “Being aware of this, we have defined our vision for our professional and technical training program. [which] is to provide our community with highly skilled and in-demand workers by providing top-notch education through hands-on applications.
TECH offers courses in Automotive Service Technology, Construction/Carpentry, Health Sciences, Metal Fabrications, Programming Fundamentals, and Teacher Academy.
Currently, 174 students are enrolled in the programs. Additionally, TECH has 145 Lafayette High School students and 454 Lafayette College students taking CTE programs like consumer science, computer science, and diversified agriculture. This brings the total number of students involved in the CTE program to 773.
“Our goal is to increase those numbers,” Crockett said. “We want to grow, grow, grow, and we’re going to be active with recruiting. We do not meet the needs of all students, but we meet the needs of many and we want to make them aware.
TECH’s goal is to start with college and expose kids to what school could offer them. By working with college and high school counselors, TECH could provide a CTE path option for students. CTE programs also work with local businesses for an advisory committee to help students.
The school has partnered with companies that could offer internships for students who want to explore the field in which they might want to work.
Crockett said CTE clubs like Future Farmers of America could also make a college comeback.
However, students will not be limited to what Lafayette’s TECH or CTE programs currently have to offer. There will be surveys where students can enter what they would like to see in CTE programs.
“We want to be aware, we want to listen to what our students have to say and listen to what our community has to say,” Crockett said. “We also want to survey them because we want to meet the needs of our students and our community because that’s what we’re trying to do.
The push for CTE programs is an opportunity for students to have a clearer idea of what they would like to do as a career.
“The thing is, we can expose these kids who are career options and they can either say, ‘Yes, I want to do that,’ or ‘No, I don’t want to do that,’ and it can be worth exposing them. save for six to eight years of education that they paid for something they don’t want to do,” Crockett said. “So really, I’m really excited about it.”