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Business Partnerships Vital for Career and Technical Education Programs

Posted by: JustinFreeman on Monday, April 23, 2018
Over the past five years, the Rogers Public Schools Career & Technical Education (CTE) department has increased the number of partnerships with local businesses, industries, non-profit and civic organizations.  These business partnerships have proven to be a vital part of the continued improvement of the district’s career and technical programs and alignment with current and projected workforce demands within both Rogers and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas region. The CTE department is grateful for the businesses, industry and community partners participating in the Career & Technical Advisory Councils, classroom and school presentations, career conferences, facility tours, parent and student events, and career fairs as well as teachers participating in local business conferences and networking events sponsored by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Modern Day Workplace Training | Teacher Internships The CTE department is thankful to GLAD/Clorox Manufacturing and Multi-Craft Contractors who participated in the Modern Day Workplace Training and Teacher Internship program, which was a collaborative endeavor with the Arkansas Economic Development Council (ADEC) and the Arkansas Department of Career Education.  The ADEC provided training related to Lean 101 and Six Sigma practices that introduced teachers to strategies used within the modern workplace designed to create an efficient work environment.  Teachers completing the training explored options to complete a summer internship within a local business and/or industry to learn more about the modern workplace environments and job skills. Aligning Industry Certifications with Workforce Demands Partnerships with local business and industry will allow CTE programs to develop and offer educational and training programs that focus on the skill sets that align with each respective business/industry certification requirements and workforce demands. The Rogers Public Schools recognizes the importance of providing students opportunities to obtain industry certifications that align with both the career programs offered within the district and corresponding career fields.  Industry certifications provide the students with credentials that indicate both the academic and technical skills that they have achieved and can demonstrate within the workplace. The Rogers Public Schools CTE department is very interested in working collaboratively with local businesses and industries to identify additional industry certifications that could be incorporated within the CTE courses to help prepare students for successful careers with local employers. Industry Certifications  Advanced Manufacturing and Machines Tools o HAAS Level 1 & 11 CNC Milling o HAAS Level 1 CNC Lathe o FANUC Robotics, programming and operator certifications o Calculated Industries Feed and Speed Programming   Mastercam Levels I, Il, and Ill CNC Programming (Mill) o Mastercam Levels I & Il CINC Programming (Lathe) o Feature Cam Levels 1,11 111, & IV CNC Programming (Mill) o Feature Cam Levels I & Il CNC Programming (Lathe) o OSHA-10: General Industry Advertising & Graphic Design o Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop o Print & Digital Media Publications Using Adobe InDesign o Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator Automotive Technology Service o ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Student Certification in the following areas: o Brakes o Electrical/Electronics o Steering/Suspension o Engine Performance o Engine Repair o Manual Transmissions & Drive Trains o Air Conditioning o OSHA 10 General Industry Certification Business and Marketing o Microsoft Office Specialist o Power-point o Excel o Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop o Print & Digital Media Publications Using Adobe InDesign o Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator o AHLEI Certified Guest Service Professional   AHLEI Certified front Desk Representative Career Guidance (College & Career Readiness and Internship) o National Career Ready Certification o College & Career Readiness Certification Certified Nurse's Assistant (Secondary Career Center) o Certified Nurse 's Assistant (CNA) Construction (Trades) Technology o NCCER Core Certification o OSHA 10 General Industry Certification Commercial and Digital Photography o Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop Family and Consumer Sciences o Arkansas Food Handler o Serv-Safe Certification o Child Care Guidance, Management and Services course will help interested students pursue the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Medical and Health Care Professions o First Aid - American Heart Association e Heart Saver CPR - American Heart Association o Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals course this course will help prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam following high school graduation. o Patient Care Assistant (Partnership with HOPE Medical Partners) Mobile Applications Development  o Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop o Print & Digital Media Publications Using Adobe InDesign o Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator Social Media and Communications o Social Media Certification o Retail Industry Fundamentals o National Career Ready Certification o College & Career Readiness Certification Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone Training) o FAA Pilot Certification for Remote Pilot: Small Unmanned Aircraft Vocational Agriculture o     OSHA 10 General Industry Certification

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