The Boonslick Technical Education Center is slated to offer new classes starting next fall for the 2013-14 school year. In addition, some classes include a changed format. The changes will also expand the career and technical educational classes (CTE) offered.
A release from the Missouri Department of Education states participation in career and technical education (CTE) programs is growing statewide. During the 2011-2012 school year, 63 percent (181,418) of Missouri high school students participated in at least one CTE program.
After the January Boonville R-1 School Board meeting, the board decided to reinstate certain courses, including the Computer Networking Laboratory Experience class.
"We are excited to announce that BTEC is alive and well with lots of new course offerings for the 2013-14 school year. We are all about training students for the world of work and for further studies, whether that is an internship, technical school, community college, or four-year college/university," BTEC Director Karen Brosi stated.
The Computer Networking Laboratory Experience and Information Technology One and Two Class is designed as a two-year course for juniors and seniors. The course will give the students the knowledge necessary for industry-standard certifications. Students will be introduced to the use of computers and software to manage information and prepare students for exciting hands-on experience in the Computer Networking Laboratory Experience class. Students will leave the class with enough experience to work in the field as a Help Desk Technician and be prepared for further studies. This course will prepare students to go on to obtain a 4-year degree in computer information technology or a similar programming field, including computer gaming. This course is designed to be taken in conjunction with Computer Networking Laboratory Experience.
"The computer maintenance and networking program is our newest program. If students like to mess with computers, love gaming and animation, then they will like this class, too. Students will learn to network computers together, so the computers can 'talk to each other'. Large corporations either pay for a service or have a department of folks to work in-house to provide their information technology and keep it working appropriately. We want to train workers to have these well-paying jobs in our community at large. Most of these students will go on to a four-year degree. I expect this class to fill up quickly, so I would encourage students and parents to get their paperwork in on time," Brosi stated.
New offerings include Medical Math, Medical Skills, Medical Terminology, Mental Health Issues in Health Care, Advanced Woodworking & Construction Technology and Computer-aided Drafting (CAD).
Additionally, many classes will have a changed format including the Automotive Collision Repair classes, Automotive Technology and Introduction to Health Sciences.
Brosi stated she is also excited to have the first online dual credit being offered. Along with Dual Credits, Articulated Credits will be offered as well.
The two different forms of credits primarily help when a student furthers his or her education.
Students can earn both high school credit and college credit at the same time with Dual Credits. The grade is awarded on the high school transcript and the college transcript. This type of credit is transferrable.
She stated the Dual Credit is being offered this year with Missouri Valley College in Health Sciences for Medical Terminology online. The cost is half the regular in-state college tuition price.
Articulated Credit is college credit earned during high school that will be applied to your college transcript once you attend that college for at least a semester. It is specific to that college only.
Brosi stated Boonslick Technical Education Center classes have articulated credit with both Linn State Technical college and State Fair Community College. Students must attain a certain attendance rate, program grade, and TSA test score in order to earn the college credit. This credit is awarded at no extra cost to the student.
"When technical schools thrive and excel, so does the community in which it resides. Our teachers and our advisory committees are diligently working to produce workers for jobs that don't exist, yet. The technical field is changing so rapidly that we have to keep our fingers on the pulse of innovative ideas that work for our community." Brosi stated.