SHS Hosts 2015 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Vocational Fair

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Annual Event Includes Opportunity for Community to Learn About and Explore 13 Career Programs through Tours, Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities

Somerville, MA – The Somerville High School Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE) hosts the 2015 Vocational Fair on Saturday, March 21st. The event includes guided tours of all 13 programs, project demonstrations, and a chance to participate in various hands-on activities. Tours will be led by CTE Student Ambassadors. The event begins at 9:00am and concludes at noon, and is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about the 13 CTE programs offered at SHS is invited to stop in.

“This event is one of several Somerville High School events that offer our community a chance to see first-hand the great quality of work of our students, and to learn about the numerous opportunities that Somerville High students have to explore college and career options,” stated SHS Headmaster John Oteri. “Stop by, meet our students and CTE staff, ask questions, and see what a piece of the Somerville High School educational experience is like.”

“Every year, our students are excited to showcase their school and their work at this event, and to demonstrate how our students are preparing for success beyond high school,” added Director of the CTE program Leo DeSimone. “It’s always a really fun event and a great learning experience for guests. It’s also an event that continues to grow each year. Last year we had more than 400 people stop in. Students of every grade level and their parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.”

The event begins at the SHS Atrium, where guests can sign up for tours and learn about the various programs through visual displays put together by students. Student Ambassadors will guide guests through a tour of each program, and will provide information and respond to questions along the tour. CTE staff members will also be available to answer questions and assist with demonstrations and activities. CTE Student Ambassadors are nominated by their peers to serve in that capacity and are required to complete three mandatory training sessions in order to serve as an Ambassador.

During the tour, guests will also have an opportunity to observe CTE students working on current projects or demonstrate specific program elements. Demonstrations may include projects connected to building a house in Carpentry, welding in Metal Fabrication, designing a building in Architecture, making a pen in Machine Technology, and taking vitals in Health Careers. Programs will also offer a variety of hands-on activities. The Highlander Café will have breakfast and treats available for purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Somerville High School Orchestra during the event.

The Somerville High School Center for Career and Technical Education offers 13 programs, providing students an opportunity to specialize in a particular trade discipline while preparing for college and career. For more information about the SHS CTE program, visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/cte.

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