LA GRANGE – Members of the Association for Career and Technical Education and the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education recently toured classrooms across the Chicago area, including a stop at Lyons Township High School on Oct. 12, according to a school news release.
At Lyons Township, they began their tour in the television studios, learning about the 200-some productions produced by LTTV students each year. WLTL radio studios were the next stop on the tour, followed by an automotive engineering and fabrication class, business programming class and aviation class, the release stated.
“This group toured a handful of classes, and the biggest takeaway was that every student the group interacted with had a plan for what he or she was going to do after graduation," Applied Arts Division Chairman Jason Hlavacs said in the release. "There are so many students who go to college undecided on their major. CTE students have a better idea at knowing what career they want to embark on and the path they need to follow to get there.”
The tours provided firsthand insight into the innovative career and technical education programs in the Chicago area, according to the release. Altogether, the associations visited six programs.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is an organization that advocates for students and career and technical education programs across the country, the release stated. By showcasing the career pathway programs Lyons Township offers, the association is then able to demonstrate how federally funded programs benefit students in their college and career readiness and impact their journey to finding a vocation that suits them, according to the release.