RPA’s Hosts Inaugural CTE Week

As part of nationally and regionally recognized CTE Month, RPA hosted an inaugural CTE Week on its campus from Feb. 21-23, providing students access to career development opportunities. The three-day event served as an opportunity for students from grades 9-12 to engage in a range of activities that provided them with insight into the world of Career and Technical Education (CTE) as they continue to plan for their futures.

“We had over 60 students attend CTE Week activities and I couldn’t be prouder of what they accomplished,” said Meagan Haas, school counselor and CTE Coordinator for RPA. “They learned so much about themselves and discovered new ways to approach their learning through the lens of professional development.”

During CTE Week, students attended presentations and workshops, enjoyed treats and entered to win raffle prizes. 

“CTE Week was fun and enlightening,” said freshman Madison Acton. “Learning about careers and the current job market was really interesting and reminded me that I don’t have to wait to start putting my future goals into action.”

An added benefit of this event provided students with the opportunity to learn more about the professional development programs offered on RPA campus. “At RPA, we offer three CTE Pathway Programs of Study; Business Administration, Theater Studies, and Early Childhood Education,” Haas shared. 

At RPA, Students who enroll in a CTE pathway  have the unique opportunity to engage in a series of classes that allow them to develop greater confidence and understanding in a particular career area of interest. All classroom learning culminates into an internship or work placement during Junior or Senior year that provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to real-world, workplace settings. Once students complete a pathway of study, they earn a badge that can be applied to job, college and  scholarship applications, and their professional resume; helping them get an edge on their competition.

“I want to thank all of our students who came out for CTE Week and made it such a fun, dynamic experience,” Haas said. “I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

For any questions about CTE Week or interest in learning more about the CTE Pathway Programs at RPA, contact Haas by phone at 541-521-3875 or email meagan_haas@rpacademy.org.


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