Aloha HS CTE Revitalization & Expansion
While school is out for the summer, exciting work is happening inside the walls of Aloha High School. Administrators and staff are working with construction crews to revitalize and expand the school's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. "I think for far too long, almost every school district in Oregon has neglected hands-on learning, hands-on careers, noble careers like construction, and the workforce is screaming for it," says Beaverton School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Phillips.
The expansion and revitalization is happening in four program areas: drafting/construction, computer science, film/media technology and business/marketing. Aloha chose to focus on these programs due to predicted industry growth over the next ten years.
The current construction and drafting rooms are being remodeled and updated. Additionally, crews are creating a MakerSpace, where students in the two programs will collaborate. This is the first remodel for the construction room, originally built in the late 1960s. "We are one of the few schools left in Oregon with a woodshop. We wanted to make the most of it and move it into the 21st century," says Assistant Principal LaKisha Clark. The curriculum is also being updated. Pallets of modules containing plumbing and wall framing kits have already arrived. The modules will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Crews are also updating two classrooms to support expanded technology needs. One will house the computer science program. A new AP Computer Science course is being added to the program, as well as IT networking courses. The other classroom will be for the school's new film/media technology program, and will include a TV and sound production room. Aloha plans to offer two film classes this coming school year, with more classes being added in the fall of 2018.
The three rooms for the business and marketing program are also getting an update. An accessibility issue meant that students had to walk through two classrooms to get to a third. The remodel is creating a hallway to provide a better teaching space with easier access to all three rooms. Three new courses are being added to the program as well.
"Every CTE program that we have offers dual credit, so students can earn college credit, along with gaining practical career skills," says Clark.
Staff have been building connections with community and industry partners to make the program relevant to what's happening in the real world and ensure its success. "Industry has to be involved in every CTE program we have, or it's not a CTE program," says Phillips.
The project is being paid for by money received through Measure 98.