BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A push to attract middle school students, is the next step in making sure Vermont’s students have the skill set to hit the ground running after high school. Officials say high school may be too late for Vermont’s students to start focusing on vocational programs. They say Vermont students are falling behind because they are learning some skills too late. They’re hoping middle students can start building a strong foundation. Including — in computers. “In cyber security we need to start teaching student in foundational courses in computing, networking and internet. So they can choose to continue with engineering courses through their high school days,” Career Pathways Coordinator, Oscar Aliaga PhD said. Another program they would like to expand is advanced manufacturing. But what courses are available to students, depends on a vote from their community. Every two years, communities give their input and decide if certain CTE programs are needed and wanted. “If a center wants to open a center in career technical education in automotive program that has to be done through a student that says the region needs an automotive program,” Aliaga said. Even with a declining student population, Vermont still maintains a consistent… Read full this story
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