New career and technical education program takes flight at Vale Middle School

Vale Middle School CTE teacher Zach Knapp works with students Teresa Gonzalez (left) and Bailey Blake as they study how to make a commercial using equipment for a new jobs program. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – An innovative career and technical education program at the Vale School District aims to introduce middle school students to a variety of potential occupations.

The career classes are focused on middle school students in Vale and Willowcreek and consist of 24 modules that run the gamut from automotive instruction to child care to marketing.

“They are in line with the high school CTE (career and technical education) program,” said Vale Middle School teacher Zach Knapp.

The district used state money – about $100,000 – to buy the equipment and implemented the 24-module program last fall.

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