MOUNT VERNON – Eighth grade students and their families gathered with excitement at Mount Vernon High School for the first Career and Technical Education Department Showcase on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Scholars and parents were able to learn more about program opportunities offered in CTE and have their questions answered during the showcase.
Program opportunities include cosmetology, barbering, culinary arts, automotive technology, cyber security and entrepreneurship. They also offer a certified nursing assistant program and a graphic design, print production and animation program.
“Tonight, what we’re doing is a night for the eighth graders,” said Nina Capitelli, Transition Counsellor at Mount Vernon High School. “We went out to most of the eighth graders in the district and we talked about Mount Vernon High School and what opportunities are here and the amazing programs. The work readiness skills the students will get, the hands-on experience the students will get, and giving Mount Vernon High School an extra edge. We wanted them to know what we have to offer.”
During the showcase, families toured MVHS and visited each CTE classroom to receive more information on the programs. Current CTE students in nursing, culinary arts and barbering programs led the tour. CTE faculty, students and alumni then sat for a panel discussion to answer any questions families may have.
“What I find best about being in the CTE program is that you can really be creative without limits.” said Genavive Lugo, Junior at Mount Vernon High School in the culinary arts program. “They let the creativity flow, they don’t try to stop it in any way. They are very supportive of everything and are always a person you can talk to.”