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NEISD celebrates career and technical education month

Feb. 1 - 28, 2013, has been designated Career and Technical Education month by the National Association for Career and Technical Education. At the regular NEISD Board of Trustees meeting in February, trustees also recognized the significance of this observance.

Career and Technical Education prepares students for a wide range of careers, from automotive technicians to engineers, culinary chefs to nursing, veterinarians to electricians and many other fields. These careers may require varying levels of education – from high school to two and four-year college degrees and/or career specific certifications or licensures. Career and Technical Education students are prepared to be part of a well-educated workforce. Through cooperative efforts between the Career and Technical Program and business and industry, students seeking lifelong skills are being prepared for career fields to stimulate the growth and vitality of our local workforce and economy.

Students from Roosevelt High School's Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program were on hand at the meeting to help with the proclamation.

The EMT program piloted at Roosevelt in the fall of 2010.  It is a new program designed to educate students in pre-hospital emergency care and allows the student to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam upon successful completion of the course.  Passing the NREMT allows the students to work in EMS, whether it is on an ambulance or in a hospital emergency room.  Several Roosevelt graduates are currently working in both of these areas.

"This year’s class currently has 14 students who are on the road to successful completion of the course," said teacher and EMT Deborah Ramirez. "They are a caliber of student that makes me proud to come teach them every day.  They have integrity, compassion and the drive for excellence.  Some of them have started doing their clinical rotations on working ambulances in a 911 system and are finally able to put what they have learned in the classroom to use in the field."

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Posted on Feb. 13, 2013