BSHS continues efforts to increase career pathway courses
With an obvious show of success this week for one career pathway at Bonner Springs High School, school administrators gave a progress update Monday for the effort to add other pathways for students.
Jared Jackson, associate principal, addressed the USD 204 Board of Education Monday with an explanation of how the school has expanded its career and technical education offerings in the past year. Noting that the Criminal Justice Program had just that day received national attention at the White House (see related story, "Champions of Change"), Jackson and Kristi Hoffine, director of secondary instruction, shared the other success they are seeing in pathways.
Jackson said the school had seven career pathways, each with at least three required courses, for students to follow in the 2013-14 school year. This year, the school will have 17 pathways, with five new additions based on student interest inventories: health science, web design, information technology, mobile equipment, and family and community.
Jackson added that last year there were 1,661 enrolled students in all CTE classes when you counted students in each class, meaning some students were counted multiple times. This year, students in CTE courses total 1,861.
Jackson said BSHS is improving its connection with corresponding classes at Clark Middle School and also has improved the system for transporting students to Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center — just 10 traveled to KCKCC last year, where this year there are at least 25, with the potential for more.
Hoffine explained the addition of the Certified Nursing Associate program, which has 10 students enrolled to take classes from a KCKCC instructor on the BSHS campus. She said the administration has been working with KCKCC for more than two years to bring the program on campus.
“We are the first high school that they are piloting the program with, so we have several other schools looking at us saying ‘How did you get that?’” she said.
At the end of the semester, students in the program will have secured their CPR certification and CNA certification.
Hoffine said some community members have even asked if they can join the program. She said a grant through the county is allowing the district to get more staff members trained as CPR instructors, so once that is complete, the district could potentially offer a night class for community members.
The school also is increasing its courses in which students can receive college credit. For example, in the Criminal Justice Program, Jackson told the board the school is now accredited so students can receive college credit through the Law Enforcement I and II classes.
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