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CATEC Awarded Grant from Dominion Energy to Build Gardens & Greenhouse

CATEC was recently awarded a grant from Dominion Energy to create CATEC Culinary Commons!

The Culinary Commons will help students learn about growing their own food. It will feature six raised bed gardens, a greenhouse, an outdoor dining area, and an indoor hydroponics garden. The organic produce grown in the gardens will be used by CATEC’s Culinary Arts program. Next summer, CATEC also plans to offer a gardening camp, which will use the commons as an outdoor classroom. 

This project will be a true team effort. Students from the Culinary Arts, Building Trades, and Electrical programs will work together to create the space. Building Trades students will build picnic tables for the outdoor dining area. Culinary Arts and Building Trades students will work together to build the raised bed gardens and assemble the greenhouse. Electrical students will wire grow lights in the greenhouse and assemble the indoor hydroponic system.

By creating both an indoor hydroponics garden and an outdoor, traditional garden, Culinary Arts students will be able to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the two systems. They will compost food scraps to use for fertilizer and create a truly organic garden. They will also learn about the benefits of farm-to-table cooking!

End of Year Events at CATEC

Join CATEC in congratulating our students and celebrating their accomplishments! We are wrapping up the 2018-2019 school year with several events to wish our new graduates good luck. Below is everything parents, caregivers, friends and students need to know about events for CATEC’s new grads.

Completers’ Ceremony

For high school completers and adult apprenticeship graduates
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Monticello High School (1400 Independence Way in Charlottesville)
Can’t make the event? Stream it online here.

The Completers’ Ceremony starts with a dinner reception from 5:00-6:00 PM in the cafeteria at Monticello High School. Students need to arrive no later than 6:00 PM and should dress in professional attire (business or business casual). High school seniors who are also graduating from their base schools must bring their graduation gowns, but not their caps, to wear during the ceremony. CATEC will provide gowns for undergraduate and homeschooled students who do not already have a graduation gown. Loaned gowns must be returned after the ceremony.

Signing Day Events

Similar to “National Signing Day” for high school student athletes, these events are a celebration and recognition of students, parents and employers who have committed to “school to work” partnerships. These partnerships bridge school and industry to give students the most current and relevant education and workplace experiences possible.  The events recognize CATEC students’ hard work and dedication to their training program. They also emphasize the value of the career training they have received at CATEC that has led directly to apprenticeships or employment.

2019 National Signing Day
May 8th at 7:30AM
At CATEC (1000 East Rio Road)

This event is presented by Klein Tools and SkillsUSA. CATEC students who have chosen to pursue a career as a professional in Electrical or Building Trades pathways will be honored.

CTE School to Work Signing Event
May 14th at 5:30pm
At CATEC (1000 East Rio Road)

This events honors CATEC students and the local employers who have hired them.  All student honorees – along with their parents and guardians — are invited to the CATEC Center Board reception at 5:30 p.m. The signing event will begin at 6:30 p.m. during the Joint Board meeting.

Please wear something with your employer’s logo on it if you have it. RSVP by Wednesday, May 8, 2019 to Leslie Chisholm chisholm@k12albemarle.org

CATEC’s Veterinary Assistant Program Featured in Daily Progress

Interested in a veterinary career, but don’t want to attend eight extra years of school?  CATEC’s new veterinary assistant program could be a good way to explore career options and get valuable skills.  CATEC’s veterinary science instructor Dr. Kim Smyth helped start the program in August 2018. She recently wrote in The Daily Progress about how CATEC can help students who love working with animals get started in the veterinary field.

Students in CATEC’s year-long Veterinary Science course are trained as veterinary assistants. Five days a week, they leave their base schools and spend the entire afternoon learning from lectures, hands-on activities and labs. Live animals make frequent appearances. This semester, each student also will spend an afternoon shadowing in area veterinary clinics.

CATEC’s goal in each of its programs is to graduate students who are workforce ready. At the completion of the Veterinary Science course, students have a basic understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, animal behavior, clinical exams, animal skin and coat care, performing basic lab tests, nutrition and more. Students who complete the course are qualified to be hired immediately in area veterinary clinics,

Read the full article on The Daily Progress. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Progress)

Congrats to our 2019 Poster Contest Winner!

The winning “See Something, Say Something” poster

Congratulations to the Building Trades class for creating the winning poster!  Students submitted seven posters in the 2019 “See Something, Say Something” contest.  The winning poster was selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, and overall message.

Congrats to CATEC’s 2019 Golden Apple Award Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Megan Panek, CATEC English/Exploratory Instructor and Instructional Coach, for being selected as CATEC’s 2019 Golden Apple Award Recipient!  Ms. Panek will be honored and recognized for her outstanding contributions to the education of students at the 2019 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road.  Light refreshments will be served in the second floor lobby with the presentation of awards immediately following.

During the awards ceremony, the recipients of the Golden Apple Grants will be randomly selected.  As part of the grant award, eight candidates (3 elementary, 2 middle, 2 high of the public schools in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, CATEC, as well as 1 candidate from the schools that are members of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools) will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Golden Apple Award Grant ($1,000).  This grant award will be used to support the recipient’s continued professional development.

The Daily progress will also announce the ceremony which will include a photograph of each of the Golden Apple Award recipients, as well as a few words from their nomination letter.

Daily Progress Article Features CATEC Instructors

two students learn how to hold a dog while teacher looks on

Cheers to the CATEC instructors recently featured in the Daily Progress. The newspaper interviewed Kim Smyth, CATEC’s veterinary science teacher, Sidney Trimmer, who teachers building trades. The two spoke about their careers and how their class curriculum incorporates their real-world experience.

“I had no clue about the workload, nor the frustrations and heartbreak they encounter so often throughout the school year,” Smyth told the Daily Progress. “As a veterinarian, I am used to heartbreak and know that it’s the success stories that pull those of us in that profession through the hard times. I’m finding the same is true in my new career, as well.”

Director Daphne Kaiser and Human Resources Manager Leslie Chisholm were also featured in the article. Chisholm spoke about the challenges of finding instructors who are both experts in their field and great teachers. Kaiser highlighted the importance of technical education in today’s economy.

“It gives our students a tremendous advantage,” Kaiser said. “They walk out of here and walk into a job with all the skills to jump right in.”

Read the full article here.

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