Carolina Pulido (left) and Juan Vargas (right)
Career and Technology Education in high school has the power to change lives, because of that two lobos sought to convince the State Legislative Finance Committee to continue funding CTE programs in New Mexico.
Students Juan Vargas and Carolina Pulido from the Career Technical Education program at Chaparral High School went to Santa Fe Wednesday November 15, 2017, to present to the Legislative Education Study Committee about the impact that CTE has on students.
Gadsden Independent School District and Farmington School District were chosen out of 89 school districts in New Mexico to represent CTE. GISD’s Director Secondary Instructional Support/Principal Rosa Hood, chose Chaparral High School to represent CTE to the Legislative Education Study Committee so that they can determine if there will be further funding for the program.
Chaparral faculty and students traveled to the presentation. Lobo faculty included Victoria Lopez, Michelle Ballard, Sarah Duran-Campbell and Steve Gabaldon.
Vargas was acknowledged by the CTE faculty as the student who best represents CTE and who knows about the different pathways offered in school taught by Ron Richman, Gabaldon and Duran-Campbell. Apart from being in these classes, Vargas is also involved in three Career and Technical Student Organization clubs: Business Professionals of America, Skills USA and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Pulido is a versatile CTE student. Although she has not gone to nationals, she has competed at state level and has participated in major trips.
Lobo Assistant Principal Lopez is a real fan of CTE. She oversees the Technical Department at Chaparral High School. She recommends all students join CTE and says, “All programs are awesome and provide opportunities to further career goals.”
Pulido created a PowerPoint to present to the State Legislators. She was in charge of representing the CTE programs and the effect they have on the community. When asked how she felt going into this presentation, she simply stated, “I wanted to cry,” but that feeling simply faded away when she proceeded with her PowerPoint.
“I was nervous at the beginning because well, it’s the State”, said Vargas. He was nervous for the first minute of the presentation which lasted about 20 minutes.
Among the board members, District Representative, Rick Little, put in a good word for the CTE program at Chaparral High School. Campbell states that Rick Little told his fellow board members that at first he did not believe that CTE was doing anything to better the students, but after coming to Chaparral High School and talking with principal Mark Rupcich, he saw how much of an impact CTE had on the students.
At the end of all of this, CTE members felt as if they got their message through the board members and felt like this when the State Legislators said that they did a really great job considering they were teenagers representing CTE for New Mexico
A great weight fell on the shoulders of these two students, but our Lobos hope that this pays off in the form of extra funding.