Career and technical education (CTE) is an important part of high school curriculum. CTE programs provide a variety of opportunities in industrial trades, agriculture, business, and culinary and family health services. At Perham High School, we are very proud of the continued growth of our CTE programs and look forward to expanding them into the future.
The growth of our CTE programs began in the academic year of 2013-14 when we transformed our schedule to provide more opportunities. One of the main goals in the switch was to give students more choice by providing them with the opportunity to learn in areas that motivate them. Since then, we’ve grown our programming immensely with the support of our staff, community partners, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, and vocational colleges in the region.
Students are first exposed to CTE programs in middle school. Our Project Lead the Way (intro to engineering), Health & Wellness, and Technology courses are designed to build interest at the middle school level. Every student in seventh and eighth grade takes at least two courses in each area during their exploratory education years at PWMS. The skills these students learn give them guidance when they enter the PHS Career Pathways Program.
In the high school, students have the opportunity to take classes in Agri-Science, Business Education, Computer – Technology, Carpentry, Architecture & Engineering, Machining – Manufacturing – Mechatronics, and Family & Consumer Science (FACS).
These courses wouldn’t be the same without the real world application. With the help of local business and educational partners, we are able to provide specific programs in the following areas:
- Business Education – United Community Bank
- Ag/IT – KLN, Kitmaster, Alex Tech, and NDSCS
- FACS – M State
- CNA Course – Perham Health/Living
- School to Work Program – Many local businesses help support this academic work program.
The support of these partnerships is key to providing great value and resources to students as they explore career choices. Perham High School would like to expand student experiences by partnering with businesses and organizations in any way that students could benefit. Our goal is to build transitional skills for students to further education and future careers.
Any local businesses with interest in partnering with us to provide real-life application for students are encouraged to connect. We would love the opportunity to build a unique partnership that helps formalize student education with practical and real-life skills.