Walton Co. School District Holds CTE Training

By Maggie Solomon | msolomon@wmbb.com

Published 12/02 2016 07:13PM

Updated 12/02 2016 07:13PM

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The Walton County School District is working to improve its Career and Technical Education courses - also called CTE. With some of those programs only a year old, they're enlisting the help of some community members. 
 
"When the programs are new, we have to make sure we're implementing them properly and the students are getting the best benefit," said Ted Missildine, the Manufacturing and Engineering teacher at Freeport High School. "Because it is about the students."
 
Missildine is just one of a group of teachers who teach CTE across the county. 
 
"Primarily in the classroom, they're focused on curriculum and the textbooks and the assessments," said Crystal Appel, the Coordinator of Instructional Support Services for the District.
 
In an effort to steer away from scores and towards student preparedness, that's where this idea of new and improved CTE comes into play. 
 
"As we're guiding our students and trying to place them in those career fields, trying to make them productive citizens, we need to know what skills are in demand, what we need to be teaching them," said Missildine.
 
On Friday, the school district invited different community members to teach the teachers what skills today's workforce is utilizing, including representatives from Florida Agricultural Extension, Chelco and the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
 
"All CTE courses and programs are linked to an actual certification," said Appel.
 
The program certifies students straight out of high school and allows them the opportunity to enter the work force or continue on to college.
 
"We want to give those students the options to be able to do that," said Missildine.
 
It was the first training session the school district has put on for those CTE teachers. 

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