Author: Christina Landreth

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Remember Kaylee Hensley?

Remember Kaylee Hensley, the junior from Ooltewah High School, selected to attend the Volkswagen Mechatronics Akademie this fall? We had a chance to catch up with her about her progress, expectations, and experience thus far. In a former article about Kaylee, she expressed interest and passion for pursuing a career in welding. David Cowan says your...

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What is WBL?

What is WBL? Well, we are glad you asked! In summary, “work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers (TN.gov).” In other words - it...

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Seeing is Believing!

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” If high school CTE departments had an anthem to describe the importance of what they do, this quote would wrap it up.  When students have the opportunity to apply what they learn in a classroom...

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How does CTE prepare students?

Let’s be honest… sometimes envisioning life after high school can be overwhelming. Students may be asking themselves: Should I go to college and figure things out as I go? Should I get a job? If so, where? Schools in the Southeast Tennessee Pathway regions are aware of this challenge many students face, and have incorporated...

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What Sets CTE Apart?

In Marion County, the third annual Career Symposium for students in Career and Technical Education was held on October 5, where professionals from around the area shared their journey on how they entered the careers they have today. Panelists discussed barriers they faced while entering the workforce and offered advice on how they reached their...

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The ME Generation

Take it from a millennial. I know how we are. I was born in 1994, which categorizes me as a “dreaded millennial.” As a marketing major at UTC, I have made it my mission to set myself apart from the negative stigma that comes along with the attitude of my generation.  It is not difficult to...

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NBC News Highlight Women in Welding

Hey Women, Want a Hot Career? Become a Welder Six years after the start of a deep recession and a growing call for more middle-class manufacturing jobs, one American industry is tackling workforce development in a unique way. Welding is courting fresh recruits—women in particular. Mention women welders and "Flashdance" might come to mind. The 1983 movie...

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Skilled Jobs Gap

Christina Landreth is currently a senior at UTC who is studying Business Marketing.  She is the summer marketing intern for Pathways of Prosperity and Tennessee Association of Manufacturers.  As a first generation high school graduate, I am well aware of the skills gap in our country. Upon high school graduation, the attitude of educators is often “if...

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STEM Program Growing

A growing number of participants enjoyed hands-on learning last week during the Second Annual Advanced Manufacturing STEM Academy. Cleveland State Community College's Athens Campus hosted 32 students - 26 from McMinn County and six from Meigs County, ranging from incoming sixth graders to high school seniors - during the Academy, which held a special graduation ceremony...

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Kaylee Hensley – Featured VW Mechatronics Student

Kaylee Hensley, an upcoming junior from Ooltewah High School, was selected by her CTE advisor for the Volkswagen Mechatronics Camp because of her talent and passion for welding.  Twenty-six students were selected to participate in the camp, but Kaylee is the only student who attended from Ooltewah. She is enjoying meeting her new peers because...