Showcasing Your CTE Program

Posted on Categories Communications, Recruitment and Retention, Student Engagement

At a Glance

Staff is working to expand the program information it provides to students, parents, and building visitors.


To better articulate a wide variety of information specific to each program, Counselor Shannon Hinkle suggested that CTE teachers identify strengths and highlights in the following categories:

  • Postsecondary articulations
  • Postsecondary student spotlights
  • Alumni spotlight
  • Cooperative education student spotlight
  • Co-op placement sites
  • CTSO awards and accomplishments
  • Career Tree information
  • Program of Studies task list/grid
  • Industry certifications
  • Industry partners
  • Articulation agreements (local and state)
  • “Meet the Students” spotlights
  • Industry innovations and current events
  • Job/career board
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Steel Center events and news

Working in collaboration with students in the Advertising and Design program, a variety of displays were developed using this information and displayed throughout the building. For example, a colorful poster depicts postsecondary schools that have articulation agreements with particular programs. Biographies and photos of successful alumni are displayed in the school’s hallways. The visual displays are referenced during building tours with many stakeholders including perspective students, Joint Operating Committee members, Chapter 339 reviewers, and community members.

Origin / Implementation

Fifteen years ago, Mr. Hinkle and instructor Bob Eagleson implemented this idea in the Electrical Construction program. Recently, while acting as a Chapter 339 review auditor, Mr. Hinkle realized that creating program-specific, informational visuals would benefit all programs and stakeholders.

Results / Impact

Showcasing Your Program is in its first year of building-wide implementation and feedback from visitors and staff has been positive. This initiative encourages CTE teachers at Steel Center to think about the highlights of their programs, allowing them to gain clarity in its strengths and areas that may need improvement. Teachers are also able to assess their progress toward the alignment of the Chapter 339 priorities, including the use of partnerships and creative projects.


Steel Center for Career and Technical Education
Mr. Shannon Hinkle, Counselor