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February Is CTE Month!

#SPSDidYouKnow...that Springfield's two comprehensive high schools offer more than 60 classes that fall into the Career and Technical Education category? And those numbers are growing!
Springfield High School (View their full course catalog for the current year.)
In an era when vocational classes have been on the chopping block for many schools, Springfield's CTE program is actually growing. What's more, bond funds have provided critical equipment upgrades for the industrial classes. And community donors and business partners continue to provide both funding and opportunities for students to gain even more hands-on training.
  • Drafting - 5
  • Metals - 5 (including welding and computer aided manufacturing)
  • Woods - 5 (including furniture and cabinet design, as well as digital manufacturing)
  • Mechanics - 7 (automotive technology and repair)
  • Business - 6 (plus the DECA marketing club)
  • Health Science Professions - 8 (also the HOSA club for Future Heath Occupations, and students can earn a Basic Healthcare Certificate)
  • Teacher Cadet - 1 (for aspiring teachers)

The school also offers full-featured graphic design studio; e-cars, bike repair and computer repair through their after-school program; and three journalism classes.

Thurston High School (View their full course catalog for the current year.)
  • Drafting Technology - 5
  • Metal and Machine Technology - 7 (including robotics, welding and e-car design)
  • Construction and Wood Technology - 7 (including furniture and cabinet design, as well as digital manufacturing)
  • Business - 6 (including marketing, web design and mobile app development, and a DECA club)
  • Family & Consumer Studies - 9 (including culinary and early childhood education, plus the opportunity to work in the preschool)
Thurston also offers a SkillsUSA club (formerly known as VICA), which offers students the opportunity to participate in a number of vocational-related competitions. Both schools also offer robust additional fine arts and music programming.
Many CTE classes qualify for College Now credit, allowing students to graduate with a number of college credits already under their belts. Many students choose to go on to Lane Community College or other colleges for further training or two- or four-year degrees. And some students are able to put their skills to work directly in the workplace after high school.
The schools and teachers work in close contact with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Lane Workforce Partnership to ensure that coursework is relevant and in alignment with area business needs.
The skills these students gain are in high demand in our area, offering many students a clear path to family-wage jobs. The classes also teach students how to interact with peers in a professional environment, as well as valuable safety lessons and critical thinking skills. 
Educators also say that these classes also help keep kids in school. Research conducted by the Oregon Department of Education shows a 16% higher rate of graduation for students with CTE classes than the statewide average. The research also shows the numbers are even more significant for black and Hispanic students, and for students in poverty, underscoring the importance of maintaining robust CTE programming in our schools.