Houston CTE News
Dr. Tony Horton
We recently honored our CTE Director, Dr. Tony Horton, with a reception for earning his Doctorate of Education from Mississippi State University. Dr. Horton was greeted by faculty and staff of Houston School District, along with many people from the community. Congratulations Dr. Horton for this great honor!
The Real World at Houston CTE
Students participated in "The Real Word" at Houston CTE. Students were given a career and a salary, with a family situation, and they were expected to pay their "bills" for a month. The "bills" included taxes, transportation, childcare, housing, entertainment, communication, and many others. Blake Long, student, said "I've learned that I had better be careful with my money if I want to be able to pay my bills."
DECA Students Attend Conference
Business and Marketing students attended the State DECA conference in Jackson Mississippi on February 14-15, 2019. Students participated in Business and Marketing events along with Hospitality and Tourism events.
Houston CTE with HHS present a Career Cafe
During lunch students were given the opportunity to meet with local business and industry to talk about careers.
Electrical Skills/Employment Skills
The Construction/Electrician Class has been busy applying the skills they have been learning. Students designed, measure, cut, wired, and displayed their work in class by making this class sign. They used electrical skills along with measuring, math, mechanization(sigh blinks), and construction.
FFA Students EXCEL
The following students placed in FFA Federation Contests last Friday:
DECA Competitors Win Big
1st place in Travel and Tourism: Kaitlyn Murphree and Zalexus Actkinson
3rd Place in Entrepreneurship: Paige Kilgore
3rd Place in Business Law and Ethics: Nathan Shoemaker and Dean Blansett
3rd Place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management: Janeia White
3rd Place in Hospitality Services: Aniston Criddle and Lindzee Jo Mixon
5th Place in Hotel and Lodging Management: Haylee Walters
5th Place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing: Alyssa White
5th Place in Retail Merchandising: Juilianna Gonzales
5th Place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Julius Bell and Gage Harrington
Culinary Students Hard at Work
Culinary students enjoyed the season with designing and building Gingerbread houses.
Environmental Science Class hosts Speaker
Mrs. Debby Carnathan of the Chickasaw County NRCS spoke to the Environmental Science l class of the AEST Program about you the importance of protecting our soil and how soil texture affects land usage.
FAFSA Completion Day at HCTE
Mrs. Ivy and Mrs. Moore hosted a FAFSA Completion Day for seniors with representatives from ICC Financial Aide Marty Cooper and Terry Bland on hand to help parents and students with any questions they had. The event lasted from 8 am to 5 pm. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to contact Mrs. Ivy or Mrs. Moore at Houston CTE to schedule an appointment. The FAFSA is completed on-line and is the way students can receive the federal pell grant. A grant is money that will not require repayment. Most who attended received the full pell grant, which is over $6,000.00 per year.
Veterinary Student Visits Animal Science Classes
Alex Moore, third year student at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, came to speak to Mrs. Cook's class about what it takes to get into vet school and what to expect when you are a vet student. She talked about the different fields of vet science, what is required of each, and how to specialize in vet medicine. Moore also encouraged students to form good study habits in high school so that they can be successful in college. She also talked about the struggles of time management, and the dedication it takes to become a veterinarian.
Houston CTE Hosts College Fair
Health Science Students help screen sight and hearing at HLES
Mrs. Earnest's class performed hearing and sight tests at HLES. Health Science students were first trained in how to perform the tasks, and then were responsible for screening students. The true "hands-on" learning will benefit these students as they pursue a career in the health care industry.
CTE Classes visit Vance Farms
Several classes from CTE recently took a field trip to Vance Farms in Thorn, MS. Students saw first hand the means of running a business. Harvesting both sweet potatoes and beans for the local market, as well as far north as Canada, Vance Farms must follow the procedures, rules, and regulations of OSHA Certification, GAP, and FDA to name a few. Students also received information on the nutritional values of a sweet potato, and especially its significance in the push for a healthier society. Last, but not least, farm and workplace safety was discussed. All in all, the day was a success and allowed students to participate in hands-on learning experiences that will impact learning for a lifetime!
Houston CTE FFA members shine during summer Competitions
Solar Car Receives Donation
Representatives from Natchez Trace Electric Power Association came by and presented a donation from TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) to Mr. Jay Alford that will be used to help fund the trip to compete in the Dell Winston Solar Car Challenge this summer.
Houston CTE Honored at ICC
Houston CTE students were honored at ICC for their high scores on the CPAS state test. These students received recognition as well as opportunities for scholarships. Congratulations students and instructors for a job well done!
Teachers are getting into the spirit of testing.
Houston CTE Instructors and Staff are trying to inspire students to succeed on the CPAS by having a CPAS spirit week. The idea is to give the kids a smile during crunch time right before the tests, and help them remember to do their best.
A Taste of "The Real World"
“The Real World” came to HCTE on February 13, 2018. Angie Abrams and Erika Cooksey from Mississippi State University Extension Service came Thursday to introduce students to “real world” money issues. During the event students learned to budget money on expenses such as Housing, Transportation, Entertainment, Child Care, and even unexpected expenses. It was amazing how students learned the expense of taxes, and how they wanted to bypass the tax station.
FFA Students Visit the Capitol
Senator Russell Jolly and Representative Preston Sullivan visited with Future Farmers of America from Houston, at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, following their legislative breakfast.
Houlka Students Tour HCTE
HOSA Students Compete in Orlando, FL
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students from Houston CTE placed 1st at State HOSA Competition. They went to Orlando, FL this summer to compete in the International HOSA Competition. Their skit included a mosquito, a patient, her friend, a nurse, and a doctor who prompted the discussion for the CDC hazard Zika Virus. The students wrote and performed this at the state and national level. Students from left to right: Stacy Gillispe, Lexie Hooks ,Wendy Hillhouse, Caroline Blakenship, and Sharia Moore. These students will receive scholarships as a result of their success.
Farm Safety Day at Houston CTE
Mr. John Hubbard, representative of Farm Bureau Insurance, came to speak to students about farm safety. His presentation included electrical safety, 4-wheeler safety, shop safety, and farm equipment safety. His goal is to present the importance of being safe in the classroom, lab, as well as at home. This goes along well with the safety curriculum in each CTE class. Safety is our top concern!
ffa members visit capitol
Senator Russell Jolly, (right), and Representative Preston Sullivan, (left), visited with FFA members from Houston at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Standing left to right are Courtney Ruth, Mackenzie Huffman, Michael Ann Chandler, Amber Ruth and (in front), advisor Shelby Aulds.
Houston Solar Race Team
Promotes Movie Premier
The Houston Solar Race Team (HSRT) at Houston Career and Technology Education Center (CTE) has made its mark nationally and worldwide. After winning numerous racing titles and being featured on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Mississippi Roads, the Houston Solar Race Team now has made it to the big screen.
MacGillivray Freeman Films’ Dream Big: Engineering Our World opens globally in theatres Feb. 17, 2017. Members of the team are attending movie premiers in four different states to publicize this film that was created in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers to promote engineering.
The HSRT has a part in the movie, as solar car races are featured in the film. In fact, the Houston Solar Car will be on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. this week for the screening.
Keith Reese, HSRT manager, along with students, Hunter Moore and Andrew Mitchell, and team members B.B. Turman, Donna Turman and Anita Ellison were in New York City for the early screening on Feb. 14. They are traveling to Washington D.C. for the global opening at the Smithsonian IMAX theatre Feb. 17.
Other team members and parents will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and Huntsville, Ala., Friday, Feb. 17, to promote this film.
CTE Offers Financial Aid
Parents, do you have a student applying to college? If so, the Houston Career and Technology Education Center (CTE) can help you apply for financial aid.
CTE recently hosted a scholarship/grant workshop. Parents, students and grandparents received information on how to complete the FAFSA in order to receive a Pell Grant (income based) as well as information on how to apply for scholarships (merit based) at the event.
CTE staff is available to help anyone who was unable to attend the workshop. Call (662) 456-3748 to set up an appointment.
HSD Floats Place in Christmas Parade
Houston CTE Hosts College Day
Houston Career and Technology Education Center (CTE) has a goal to create a college-going culture among its students. As an endeavor to reach this goal, Houston CTE hosts a “College Day” each year to inspire and support students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Colleges and universities from all over Mississippi were represented at this recent event October 7, at Houston CTE.
Recruiters talked to juniors and seniors about preparing for college, including housing, financial aid, scholarships, and college majors. Students were excited to learn about the different opportunities that await them after high school.
Houston CTE Students Participate in National FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event
INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Houston FFA Chapter were one of 31 teams participating in the National FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA
Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mackenzie Huffman, Anna Rucker, and Courtney Ruth competed with 90 other members from across the country. The team, led by advisor Karen Cook, was awarded a Bronze emblem.
Members of the top four national winning teams received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the marketing plan event are sponsored by Bunge North America. Bunge North America takes great pride is sponsoring the Marketing Plan CDE. America's youth are the lifeblood of agriculture's future and we want to ensure it is in good hands.
The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE helps students practice and sharpen skills in marketing through the development and presentation of a marketing plan. The plan may focus on the introduction of a new agricultural product, supply or service or on improving marketing of an existing product, supply, or service. Each team competed against teams in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.
The event, held at the Embassy Suites in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agriculture classes.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.
Pictured (l to r) Mackenzie Huffman, Anna Claire Rucker, Courtney Ruth, and Jason Corman, Bunge-Canada representative