Dear Salinas parents, students, teachers and community at large:
I would like to welcome you to our CTE Distance Learning 2020-2021 school year. This year would be unique and exciting learning experience for all in this complex year ahead of us.
High-quality CTE is perhaps most unique for its applied, contextual nature. Programs must have at their core instructional strategies that engage students and support student attainment of relevant knowledge and skills within a student-centered learning environment. Developing students’ hands-on technical skills and fulfilling lab hours has been one of the most critical components to reconceptualize in a modified learning environment, in this case, a distance learning modality for the beginning of the school year. CTE instructional leaders alongside with CTE teachers had been given the opportunity to make the following key adaptations to continue offering high quality CTE opportunities to our students: identification of essential standards for students to master, modified project-based learning by preparing kits to take home and the use of video for teacher and student skill demonstration to name a few.
Mission Trails ROP/CTE has invested in expanding their online portfolio to ensure an engaging and rich virtual experience to all students. To expand soft skills development and career exploration we have partnered with Xello. For an expansion of a global community of practice by having access to online industry tours and guest speakers we are bringing Nepris and Virtual Job Shadowing. For expansion of virtual internships we had partnered with Earn and Learn. In addition, the opportunity to include full online industry certification was well received and are included in most courses as we are ready with approximately 5000 seats in partnership with CareerSafe, ServSafe and iCEV, to name a few for our students to be certified in PPE equipment, safety at the workplace, food handling, etc..This year we are expanding for the first time and thanks to the K12 Strongworkforce grant, the industry certification opportunity to students who will be working part time jobs in Salinas Valley in the Agriculture and Food industry. Last, teachers know that establishing positive relationships with students matters the most so teachers are working to build a positive classroom culture that acknowledges their social-emotional needs and provides, as much as possible, personalized instruction. Mission Trails ROP/CTE is looking forward to the challenge, or better said, this new opportunity.
There are approximately 6000 students enrolled in CTE Pathways. We offer CTE courses in 13 Industry Sectors: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Finance, Education, Child Development and Family Services, Engineering and Architecture, Health Science and Medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Information and Communication Technologies, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Service, Public Services, Transportation. Our courses meet A-G eligibility for the University of California in different areas. The CTE courses are aligned with CTE content standards encompassing technical and academic skills.
Our district has seven California Partnership Academies: the Engineering Academy and Health Academy at Alisal High School, the Digital Media Academy and International Sustainability Academy at Everett Alvarez High School, the Health Academy at North Salinas High School, The Green Construction Academy and FAST Academy at Salinas High School.
I invite you to browse our website, the district course catalog and virtually visit the Career Center at your school site to schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor to explore careers and post secondary options for your son/daugther.
On behalf of CTE teachers and staff, we look forward to a unique year working in collaboration and harmony to continue inspiring and preparing our next generation.
Ivonne Glenn, Ph.D.