EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon Connections Academy students got a look at careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) with a field trip to the Academic Achievement Center in Eugene.
Career Technical Education (CTE) business leaders are struggling to hire qualified employees, so teachers are pressing the importance of early education, preparing students for careers in technical fields.
During the field trip, online elementary students got a hands-on education in STEAM, giving them a chance to develop an interest in those fields early in life.
“We have a real passion to help students align with pathways of interest to them,” said Summer Highfill, CTE Business Instructor with Oregon Connections Academy. “So if students are able to explore those opportunities in K through eight, then by the time they get to high school, they have a little bit more guided idea of what they’re interested in.”
The online school teaches kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.
KEZI is partnering with employers in our area to address the lack of workers for skilled jobs. To learn more, click here.
- Oregon Connections Academy students explore CTE opportunities
- 'Oh, the Places You Can Go!': Teachers explore job opportunities for students
- Skilled to Work: How CTE helped one Springfield student
- Bethel middle school students enjoy new CTE electives
- Skilled To Work: Bethel School District CTE Programs
- Skilled to Work: School districts discuss benefits of CTE programs
- Welding program provides job opportunities for Elmira students
- Manufacturing tours show students job opportunities in Lane County
- Skilled to Work: Trades Academy prepares students for apprenticeships
- Skilled to Work: Hoyle highlights need for connection between schools, trade jobs