Meet Laurel Bechtold, our new High School ROP Medical and Hospital Careers teacher!
Laurel is excited to be in this new position where she gets to combine three of her favorite things- medicine, teaching, and teenagers!
Her primary medical background as a surgical technologist is enhanced with experience in medical assisting, phlebotomy, medical sales, and work as a school health aide.
All three of Laurel’s own kids were inspired tremendously through CTE pathways, so she can’t wait to help her students discover what they are passionate about!
NEW: Medical and Hospital Careers Course
Butte County CTE is now providing a new CTE Patient Care pathway for BCOE high school students on our site!
Medical and Hospital Careers (MHC) is designed to expose high school students to a variety of health occupations and to prepare them for the workforce. Students will learn basic knowledge and skills and will have a hands-on learning experience.
The first 14 weeks of class are spent in the classroom preparing students and laying the foundation for job site training. During this time students will participate in job shadows to help determine job site placements. Once we start job sites, students will meet in class once per week and go to sites for 3-6.5 hours per week.
If you would like to learn more about this new program, email us at CTE@bcoe.org.
Seen in photo: Our Phlebotomy Technician instructor, Jamie Leonard, serving as a guest speaker.
Here's what's happening at Butte County CTE:
Welcome to the world of welding!
Our first welding session of the new school year has kicked off, featuring a group of six dedicated students. This eight-week program aims to equip participants with fundamental welding skills while preparing them for potential welding-related careers. (Pictured is instructor Tim Moss with our new students.)
Applications for Session 2 are currently open! Learn more about our program here:
Kelli Gordon - New Co-Principal at Paradise High School
We are thrilled to congratulate our former BCOE colleague, Kelli Gordon, on her new role as co-principal at Paradise High School! Her journey has been nothing short of inspiring, and her commitment to education, workforce development, and community building shines brightly.
Kelli's deep-rooted passion for rebuilding her hometown, Paradise, California, after the devastating Camp Fire in 2018, has led her to this remarkable achievement. Her journey began as a dedicated educator, where she played a pivotal role in founding, teaching, and leading middle and high school programs within her community.
Kelli then broadened her influence by working at the Butte County Office of Education, focusing on vital areas like Career Technical Education and Alternative Education. She is dedicated to bridging the education-to-workforce gap, aiming to align our current economy's needs with the aspirations of younger generations.
Kelli's journey exemplifies the power of dedication, resilience, and a deep-seated commitment to making a positive impact. We are immensely proud of her accomplishments and are excited to see her continue to shape the future of education at Paradise High School.
Applications now open for our 2024 ROP Certified Veterinary Assistant Program
Calling all animal lovers! Are you passionate about animals and eager to kickstart a rewarding career in veterinary care? Applications for our 2024 ROP Certified Veterinary Assistant Program are now OPEN until October 13th, 2023!
In this comprehensive 24-week program, you'll immerse yourself in the world of veterinary science, gaining essential skills, technical knowledge, and hands-on experience to excel as a veterinary assistant, animal caretaker, or kennel attendant. Through a dynamic blend of lectures, labs, and clinical work, you'll delve into critical topics like animal behavior, anatomy, nutrition, disease management, lab procedures, and more.
What sets our program apart is the real-world Community Classroom experience, where you'll receive unpaid on-the-job training at veterinary offices, working alongside experienced professionals. This invaluable exposure will help you transition into the workplace, preparing you for a fulfilling and successful career in veterinary care.
Plus, upon program completion, you'll earn 6 units toward the Veterinary Technician program at Yuba College and be eligible to take the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Certified Veterinary Assistant exam.
Direct Support Professionals
We are proud to share that our Direct Support Professional (DSP) Trainers and Butte Hub Administrators recently attended their annual Recertification Conference in Sacramento. This ensures that they stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge and practices in supporting individuals residing in licensed community care facilities.
Over the past year, our trainers have conducted an impressive 123 trainings, equipping and empowering over 1700 Direct Support Professionals. We take great pride in serving as one of the four service hubs throughout California, with our service area extending from the Oregon border to Sacramento. As the Far Northern Hub, Butte County CTE provides Year 1 & Year 2 Trainings for aspiring DSPs.
Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT) is made available at no cost by County Offices of Education through the Service Hubs. DSPs, who work directly with individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, play a vital role in facilitating integration into their communities or the least restrictive environment.
Entrepreneurship Camp Student Makes a Splash
In preparation for the Biz Kidz Showcase in Chico, California, young entrepreneur Brynlie Homesley received invaluable guidance and inspiration from our Entrepreneurship Camp class instructor (and her grandmother) Anita Homesley.
As a 10-year-old resident of Chico, about to enter fifth grade at Marigold Elementary School, Brynlie decided to showcase her talent by creating custom jewelry, earrings, and artistically designed buttons under her business, "Brynlie's Buttons."
Brynlie's creations proved to be a hit at the showcase, earning her $254 in receipts for the day. Encouraged by her grandmother, Brynlie now plans to take her products to the Thursday Night Market downtown.
With Anita Homesley's guidance, young entrepreneurs like Brynlie demonstrated their potential to become successful and innovative leaders in the future business ecosystem of Chico!
Read more: https://www.chicoer.com/2023/08/07/youthful-entrepreneurs-take-advantage-of-chance-to-show-off-wares/
Summer Skills Camps
The Butte County CTE Summer Skills Camps 2023 were a huge success! We had an amazing time with over 75 talented students, ages 12-14, from all around Butte County. From Welding, Construction, and Vet Science, to Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Sewing, and Digital Photography, our campers explored their passions and honed their skills! 🛠️📸👗
If you missed out this time, don't worry, there's always next year! Stay tuned for more updates and join us for an even bigger and better CTE Summer Skills Camps experience! 😎🌞
Last Call for Applications to our Professional Welding Academy
We are accepting applications for our August 2023 session until Friday, July 14th, 2023. Our eight-week academy provides students with the opportunity to learn basic welding skills while preparing for welding-related employment. The curriculum combines classroom instruction with hands-on application.
In the last four weeks of class, students will have the opportunity to gain real-world, on-the-job training through participation in our “Community Classroom.” This unpaid learning experience prepares students for a successful transition into the workplace.
Completed applications accepted at the Butte County CTE main office during regular business hours:
8:30am - 1pm; 1:30pm - 4pm
Don’t delay, apply today!
COE Summer Conference 2023
CTE Team Members MaryRose Lovgren and Regina Bernard recently attended the COE Summer Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
COE stands for the Council on Occupational Education, and is the national accrediting agency responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of career and technical education programs and institutions across the United States.
The conference provided an array of engaging workshops aimed at honing our skills for future accreditation visits and maintaining accreditation standards. This participation reflects Butte County ROP's continuous effort towards institutional improvement and commitment to quality education.
Exciting news from Butte County CTE! 18 talented students have graduated from our Certified Veterinary Assistant Program, and 12 have already landed fantastic jobs in the animal care field! This 24-week program equips students with essential skills and technical knowledge for entry-level roles as veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, or kennel attendants.
Through engaging lectures, labs, and real-life clinical experience, graduates gain expertise in animal behavior, anatomy, sanitation, nutrition, disease management, and more. The Community Classroom component provides on-the-job training, ensuring a smooth transition into the workplace. Congratulations to all the graduates and their achievements in the animal care field! If you're passionate about animals, don't miss our next enrollment opportunity – the future of animal care begins with you!
The recent COE Institutional Advisory Committee Meeting for the Butte County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) brought together representatives from educational institutions and stakeholders to evaluate and enhance occupational education programs. Held in Chico, CA, the meeting focused on program evaluations, discussions on student services, and updates on specific courses. Participants actively exchanged insights and recommendations, concluding with classroom tours to provide firsthand experience of the learning environment. This collaborative and evaluative meeting aims to ensure that the ROP's programs align with industry standards and meet the rigorous requirements set by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
Appointed members included Jennifer Foglesong, the Senior Director of BCOE CTE Department; Cristi Roach, Program Manager at Butte County DESS; Melisse Boyd from Butte-Glenn Community College; Lisa Scott, Program Manager at Alliance for Workforce Development, and Wendy Sweeney, Business Service Manager at Alliance for Workforce Development. Amanda Samons, the CTE Administrator from BCOE CTE Department, was also present. General members include MaryRose Lovgren and Kelli Gordon, Administrators of Butte County ROP.
Last call for Summer Career Skills Camps!
We have a FEW SPOTS open in the following middle-grade camps:
Learn more and register here: https://www.chicorec.com/career-camps
📣 Announcement: Apply Now for Our Phlebotomy Technician Program!
Are you looking for an exciting and in-demand career in the healthcare field? We are thrilled to announce that applications are now open for our highly-regarded Phlebotomy Technician Program!
This 11-week program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become proficient in drawing blood specimens from patients, as requested by hospitals and referring physicians.
Whether you are a recent high school graduate, a career changer, or someone looking to enhance their skills in the healthcare field, our Phlebotomy Technician Program offers a supportive and comprehensive learning environment to help you achieve your goals.
To apply and learn more about the program, please visit our website at CTE.bcoe.org.
This May we held our Spring ROP Registered Dental Assistant Advisory Committee Meeting. Our Advisory Committees play a crucial role in the success of our programs, helping to ensure that it meets the needs of its students and the industries they seek to enter. Advisory members offer insights into industry trends and emerging technologies, as well as provide feedback on curriculum development and instructional strategies. This can help ensure that the program remains relevant and up-to-date, and that graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen field.
Thank you to the following for participating!
Welding Community Classroom
Students in our Professional Welding Academy are currently participating in the "Community classroom," a component of our programs that provides students with on-the-job training experiences at sites in the field. Correlating classroom instruction with regularly scheduled, supervised and planned work-based learning, this type of experience supports students in preparing for a successful transition into the workplace.
We are thankful to Tink Inc Manufacturing in Durham and Earthen Iron in Chico for providing these experiences to our students!
Apply to Become a Medical Assistant Instructor
Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship
The Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship is a program that awards scholarships of up to $2,500 to students pursuing career and technical education (CTE) programs. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary CTE program by September 2023 and demonstrate financial need.
***The application for this year closes on June 15, 2023***
Learn more at https://www.acteonline.org/hascholarship
Butte County CTE is proud to partner with local agencies to provide camps focusing on career technical education skills to students in grades 6-8.
Some of our camps are already FULL! These camps have a few spots still OPEN:
Applications Open Now!
Introducing our Spring 2023 Class for our Professional Welding Academy!
These eight motivated students are learning welding skills while preparing for welding-related employment. The curriculum combines classroom instruction, hands-on application and internship opportunities through our "Community Classroom."
We are accepting applications for our August 2023 session until Friday, July 14th, 2023. Learn more on our website, at https://cte.bcoe.org/professional-welding-academy.html
Introducing our Spring 2023 Class for our Phlebotomy Technician Program!
These students are learning the necessary manipulative skills, technical knowledge and experience for employment as a phlebotomist (phlebotomy technician). Students will take the National Exam for Certified Phlebotomy Technician on the last day of class and then apply to become a California State Certified Phlebotomy Technician.
The Online application for the Fall 2023 Phlebotomy Program will open June 3rd, 2023. Learn more here.
Community Classroom Experience Begins
Students in our ROP Registered Dental Assistant and ROP Certified Veterinary Assistant programs have started the final phase of their training, community classroom. The community classroom experience allows students to gain first-hand experience in a clinical setting while being supported by an industry professional. These unpaid on-the job training experiences help students to further develop the skills and knowledge necessary to acquire entry-level employment. During this experience our instructors regularly check-in with the students at their placement sites, and visit with the site supervisor to ensure that students are progressing in their skills development and provide support as needed.
Summer Career Skills Camps
For the fifth year in a row, Butte County CTE is excited to offer camps for middle grade students that combine fun with the development of powerful career skills! Middle school students are at the perfect age to be exposed to career possibilities and begin career planning. Butte County CTE is proud to partner with local agencies to provide camps focusing on career technical education skills to students in grades 6-8.
Our middle school camps allow students to:
*Camp registration opens Monday, April 3rd, 2023 through CARD. Sessions fill up fast!
Three Year Strategic Map and Three Year Investment Map
The CTE Team has completed the thoughtful process of identifying our key outcomes for the next three years. As the leader of the department, I am extremely grateful for the Team's contributions, questions and willingness to explore uncomfortable topics to adequately address the needs of our community and students. - Jennifer Foglesong, Senior Director
Apprenticeship: Dental Assistants
The CTE department applied for and was awarded the California Apprenticeship Innovation grant for one year. The planning grant allows for the team to outline the program, apply for a State approved Apprenticeship, and start recruiting students. We are excited to offer an alternative path to students wanting to enter the Dental field.
Integrated Curriculum Workshop with Inspire
Butte County CTE is in the midst of leading the incredible teachers of Inspire through a Curriculum Development Institute Series focused on the collaboration, planning and developing of cross-curricular, interdisciplinary integrated projects. In our final session in April, teams of teachers will present their completed Integrated Projects to the rest of their staff with the intention of utilizing this cross-curricular integration to support high-impact student learning.
Educating for Careers Conference
Amanda Samons, Kelli Gordon and MaryRose Lovgren presented as a team this year for two workshops: “Ace your Advisory Committee Meetings,” and “Build Your CTE Pipeline by Creating Middle School Careers Camps!” We shared with full-capacity audiences our collective knowledge on developing and hosting a CTE Advisory Committee, including real-life examples of how a strong committee can support your program in authentic ways; and our success with Middle School CTE Careers Camps as an ideal way to introduce students to local high school CTE Pathways and help them start building skills.
CTE at CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference
At the CUE conference, Kelli Gordon participated in a panel presentation regarding CTE and eSports. The panel included the NASEF Middle School eSports Commissioner, CDW Education, Achieve Charter Schools and Los Angeles Unified School District. The panel discussed the social emotional benefits of eSports as well as various methods for raising student engagement by connecting eSports to other subjects. Kelli provided clarity regarding what CTE is and how it works, leading to many questions from the audience both during and after the presentation. Several audience members expressed that they had attended the presentation primarily to learn more about CTE, and according to two different participants, it was the “most helpful” presentation they had attended during the conference. This encourages the CTE department to seek further opportunities to spread the word about the impact and benefits of CTE at events that are outside of the CTE environment to reach a broader audience.
Dream Equity Spring Counselor Conference
Jennifer Foglesong and Kelli Gordon attended the conference put on by the Sacramento County Office of Education to learn more about how we can support our local school counselors, especially connected to Career Technical Education. The impactful keynote speakers included Mark C Perna, bestselling author of “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose and Productivity in Younger Generations,” a novel the department recently read during a professional book study. Breakout sessions attended included New to the Counseling Game, Career Education at the Community College, CTE- Why Career Technical Education?, Building Blocks: Best Practices of Working With and Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Young People, Advancing Equity through Dual Enrollment at Sacramento City Colleges, and Knowing Your Strengths Builds Success in Your Work.
As we ring in the New Year, I hope each of you enjoyed your time off. We are full steam ahead in each area of our department.
In CTE Land…
The Professional Welding Academy is up and going with our new instructor Tim Moss. MaryRose as the Admin Lead is happy to report that the facility looks amazing and the students are happy to be up and rolling!
Sharon Nilsson has crafted the attached Newsletter to keep all of Butte and Glenn County in the loop about multiple opportunities in CTE and beyond. Please take a lookJ
The majority of the staff will be attending an Economic Development Summit this Thursday, this is an opportunity to network and grow our capacity as a team in the area of labor and economics.
On December 16th, the Team submitted an Apprenticeship application to create a new model around the RDA program. The allocations will be announced in February 2023. Thank you to all that participated in getting the application ready to submit.
Earlier this year Amanda, Lance and Kelly to the lead and assisted Hearthstone with the submission of an SWP application. The focus of the application was the creation of a Medical Assisting Pathways for high school students. The grant was funded! The Team will be working with Hearthstone to provide this resource to the high school community.
In ROP Country….
Jean is up and moving with her 2023 class of Certified Veterinary Assistants! Big thank you to Mary and Regina, for getting all the necessary items in place for the students prior to their start date.
The 2023 class for MA is in search of substitute. We will keep you posted as this progresses.
Our Registered Dental Assistant program is humming right along. I was able to spend time in the class prior to break. The ROP RDA is a stand out program due to the instructors diligence, passion and genuine care and concern for the students.
By Jennifer Foglesong,
Senior Director Workforce Development and Business Partnerships
Butte County Regional Occupational Programs
All of the students in our recent Phlebotomy Technician I class passed their state NHA exam and are ready for employment as phlebotomists! Pictured is our instructor Jamie Leonard with the graduating students.
Tehama County Department of Education Induction “Boot Camp”
This fall, our professional development team (made up of Amanda Samons, Kelli Gordon and MaryRose Lovgren) led a group of new Career Technical Education teachers in Tehama County through two days of intensive workshop sessions to support them in their new positions. Topics included curriculum and instruction, classroom and lab management and assessing student learning. These new educators now have a network of teachers to connect with for continued guidance and support.
Paradise Career Expo
The Paradise Rotary Vocational Committee, of which our own Kelli Gordon is Co-Chair, hosted a Career Expo at Paradise High School on November 18th, 2022. Students from all schools within the district boundaries (public, private and charter) had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of potential career paths and post-secondary options that will prepare them for the next chapter of their educational journey and enhance the workforce development pipeline in the community.
Our professional development team made their way out to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the national Association for Career & Technical Education conference, as well as to present! This conference brought together over 6,000 secondary and post-secondary career and technical educators, business leaders and industry professionals from around the world. Our team presented on high quality lesson planning and how to develop and deploy a curriculum development institute.
STEM Career Day
Sharon Nilsson, our new K-12 Strong Workforce Program Pathway Coordinator, participated in the Ignite Opportunity STEM Career Day in Redding on Friday November 18, 2022. More than 2,000 9th graders from across the North State attended the 9th annual event which encourages students to prepare for and pursue career opportunities in STEM fields.
Summer Camps 2022
Once again, Butte County CTE is excited to offer camps for middle grade students that combine fun with the development of powerful career skills! Middle school students are at the perfect age to be exposed to career possibilities and begin career planning. Butte County CTE is proud to partner with local agencies to provide camps focusing on career technical education skills to students in grades 6-8.
Camps Offered Summer 2022
Youth Leader Program
Our department is also providing a new leadership development opportunity for youth ages 15-17 – serving as a “Youth Leader” for each of our camps!
Under the supervision of the Camp Leader and Butte County CTE Career Camp Administrator, the duties of the Youth Leader will include:
We are excited to continue to expand the career exploration and preparation opportunities for youth in our area!
The following Butte County ROP Adult Programs are celebrating graduations during the month of May: