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Students Explore Career Choices at CTE Showcase

March 26, 2017
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The Elizabeth Chapter's American Spirit Group of SkillsUSA organized and hosted a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy in celebration of CTE Month. The showcase featured various careers, including retail services, automotive technology, construction technology, printing services, process technology, education, and a host of others. Local career professionals who participated in the event include members of Elizabeth Public Schools, City of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Police Department, Elizabeth Fire Department, Judge Carl Marshall and the United States Military. Middle school students from George Washington Academy School No. 1 and Winfield Scott School No. 2 also were invited to participate in hands-on activities and games related to each career booth visited. "We are so proud of our SkillsUSA Team as a whole for working together and accomplishing our goals in promoting Career and Technical Education,” said juniors Lais Davis and Zariah Adams, alongside fellow SkillsUSA members Rocio Carmona and Katerine Pinchisaca. SkillsUSA advisor Penelope Hudeen said that the CTE showcase was an enriching experience for all involved. The students she advises shared a similar sentiment about the event. “It was very exciting to see the outcome of all our hard work come into place and we are looking forward to hosting the next CTE Showcase,” said junior Lizeth Monge. “Our visiting career professionals shared the same sentiments and look forward to participating next year,” said junior Mahasin Dubose. One of the career professionals, chemistry teacher Katilyn Conley believes the event motivated the students who participated to think more in depth about their career interests. “As an educator, it was inspiring to see all the various fields and contents collaborate to awaken students' interests and allow them to begin exploring their own passions,” said Conley. Edison Career and Technical Academy Principal Fatimah Bey added, “I was excited to see Edison students and young adults share in the discovery of opportunities offered in the career and technical fields.”

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