CTE Works: Meeting Career Ready Benchmarks
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Illinois provide instruction for careers in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations in Agricultural Education; Business, Marketing and Computer Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Science Technology; and Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial). CTE programs continue to strengthen students’ technical skills; articulate transitions to postsecondary programs, employment or both; assist in meeting the Illinois Learning Standards; and close achievement gaps.
Students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have a variety of resources available in meeting career ready benchmarks and life after high school.
In order to be considered college ready and career ready, students should meet a series of benchmarks:
- Have a grade point average of at least 2.8
- Receive a college and career pathway endorsement
- Identify a career choice by their sophomore year
- Have at least one English and math indicator
- Maintain an attendance rate of at least 95 percent during their junior and senior years
- Complete at least three career ready indicators during their junior and senior years
Both Proviso East and Proviso West students are working toward this end through their respective career academies.
At Proviso East, students can choose from programs of study in Arts & Communications, Business & Human Services, or S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). These can include courses in performing arts such as band and choir, world languages, accounting and finance, sports marketing, early childhood education, criminal justice, automotive technology, pre-engineering, aviation, and computer programming and software development.
Students at Proviso West get similar options in their Wellness and Society Academy, Technology and Innovation Academy, and Global Business Academy. They can take courses ranging from family, community and mental health, and legal services to web design, entrepreneurship, textiles and fashion design, and international business.
In addition, District 209 continues to add more vocational courses, with plans to add construction and building trades and welding courses starting with the 2020-2021 school year.
Students also are able to partake in job shadowing or work-based learning, participate in internships and apprenticeships, earn industry credentials, and earn dual credit at Triton College for some courses. Through the courses, students can graduate ready to earn a living wage immediately.
“The 21st Century market is very competitive, and we need to prepare our students, so they are able to compete and earn financial stability,” said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, Manager of College & Career Readiness and Student Programs for District 209. “Through this focus on vocational training and making these benchmarks, our students will be ready.”