A Ground Breaking Career Pathways Program for Thompson Students
In Thompson, I met with students and teachers in Tourtellotte Memorial High School’s ground-breaking Career Pathways program. Tourtellotte is Thompson's comprehensive public high school. The program offers students a pathway to get certified as nurse's aides, EMTS, metal trades, and culinary arts. Through partnerships with Day Kimball Hospital, Electric Boat, and local EMS, the school created an innovative curriculum which has been very successful and which they plan to expand in fall 2024.
Introducing "Career Pathways" in comprehensive high school curriculum wisely provides students with a choice to pursue in-demand skills for high-quality careers after graduation. Kudos to superintended Melinda Smith, Principal Nathaniel Mayo, and the whole team of instructors to open these opportunities for the students in Thompson. Thank you also to Tourtellotte seniors Jordan Butler and Robert Miner who led our tour of the four pathway programs, enthusiastically describing their own positive participation!
To meet growing interest from students and families, and hiring needs from local employers, Congress must boost investment into the Department of Education's Career and Technical Education grant program. Last year, we increased funding for CTE grants in, and in the ongoing talks over the 2024 budget, I’m working to secure another increase.