Construction Trades Instructor
Job Goal & Description: To instruct the CareerTEC Construction Trades Youth Apprenticeship Program for high school juniors and seniors in the Stephenson County/Winnebago County area. The program will prepare students for trades occupations and post-secondary education through an onsite construction project, to include remodels, additions, and new construction, based on demand. The instructor will need to secure and coordinate job shadows and internships for students in diverse trades occupations. This is a nine-and-one-half-month position that follows the local school calendar. Part-time, a.m. position Monday-Friday (approximately 2-3 hours per day, 10-15 hours a week; participation in staff meetings/recruiting/career events also needed occasionally). Background check is required. Salary will be up to $25,000 per year.
Qualifications: Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in a CTE area OR ability to obtain Illinois Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed in Career and Technical Education. To earn ELS endorsement, one needs either 2,000 hours of work experience in the Construction Trades field and 60 college credits OR 8,000 hours of work experience in the Construction Trades field.
Career and Technical Education Consortium (CareerTEC)
2037 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-232-0709, FAX: 815-235-8050
If interested, please email CareerTEC director Brian Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your letter of interest and resume no later than Friday, May 27, 2022
Careers In Business (CIB)
What does job shadowing, the Stock Market Game, college searches, interviewing skills, mock interviews and resume writing all have in common? They’re all happening in the Careers in Business class during May! It’s an insanely busy month but we’re going to finish strong!
The students have been job shadowing for the last two months and honing their communication skills. We have had a tremendously positive response regarding the student’s preparedness and professionalism from all of the mentors participating in shadowing.
The Stock Market Game is winding down but it’s becoming a tight race. We have two teams in the top 17 out of 1100 teams, with less than $10 separating them! At the end of the game, each team will provide a portfolio and a presentation to the class about their stocks, choices, pitfalls, and successes. It’s always a rewarding experience.
The first week of May we focus on interviewing skills including how to answer behavioral based interview questions, attire, greetings, and handshakes. Then we practice during class with a friendly “hiring” competition. Later in the month, we will conduct mock-interviews utilizing outside businesses to do the interviewing.
Next, we focus to college and careers. Students take an in depth look at their potential career path and college choices that would best fit them. We discuss what metrics to look for when choosing a college, how to finance college, and how to analyze the return of investment (ROI). We have 10 juniors taking the second year of the program next year and we will discuss those expectations, internship location choices, as well.
Lastly, I’m extremely fortunate to have been blessed with another fantastic, intelligent, hilarious, and hard working group of young people. I’m excited to see where they will intern next year. For the students graduating, thank you for a great year!! Good luck in your future endeavors and stop by to visit from time to time; I’ll miss you! Everyone, enjoy your summer with those you love!
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We finished up the month of April with a visit to Highland Community College and saw their server room, the software they use to run the college, and got an idea of what a day in the life of an IT professional looks like there. In May students will be preparing for their CompTIA certifications, CIS 1will be finishing up curriculum with some networking, laptops, and mobile devices. They will take their final and have the opportunity to get part 2 of their A+ certification. CIS2 students are finishing up Cybersecurity and will be working with Powershell, Packet Sniffers, and preparing for their Security + certification.
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Wow. How did this year go by so very quickly?
Students were a bit surprised as to all of the opportunities Highland has to offer; from Certified Medical Assistant courses (with 2 Full scholarships from Monroe Clinic Hospital), both full and part time Nursing programs, and the fact that they could receive their Bachelor’s of Science of Nursing degree with only 1 extra semester with HCC’s partnership with Northern Illinois University. (An extremely cost effective tactic)
Students were also able to practice Epi-pen injections, mixing “medications”, as well as listening to heart and lungs sounds of the infant mannequin.
We learned about Deep Brain stimulation for diseases such as Parkinson's, Tourettes, and seizures. Students were a little shocked that a rather archaic treatment is still used today. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still being used for patients with severe depression when accompanied with psychosis (especially when depression is not improving with prescribed medications. It is also used for patients suffering from severe mania, catatonia, as well as those with agitation and aggression (sometimes noted with dementia and for children on the Autism spectrum, again, this is for patients who do not respond to medications)
As HOYA II only meets twice weekly, our days are down to single digits. We will finish up our body systems with the Reproductive system next week.
Our final is scheduled for May 9th and the review will be on May 4th. We will have a few relaxation/stress relieving exercises to finish up our final days. It has been my pleasure to watch these young adults grow throughout this year. I hope they all remember to "put that glass down" and enjoy life this summer (as in put the little things down, don't hold on to the stress too long or it becomes unbearable). I can't wait to see the great things they all do in their future!
In the month of April, Culinary Arts students went on a field trip to Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI, during which they received a tour of the facilities and were cooked a 5-course meal prepared by their culinary students. In class, students learned how to cook with unique ingredients, including daikon and tofu. Students also catered a breakfast for the regional principals and counselors, including breakfast pizza and cinnamon rolls, which was very well received. Lastly, they practiced baking with yeast.