February 23, 2018
CELEBRATING A WIN — Ben Carter (back center) and members of iDEW celebrate their win at the CTE Awards. Below, student recipient Sebastian Avila received the student award for his work in CTC’s Fire & Rescue program.
For the second year in a row, the Career Technology Center (CTC) at Arsenal Technical High School has received CTE Awards for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education.
On Feb. 8:
- The Student Award was presented to Sebastian Avila, who is in CTC’s Fire & Rescue program.
- The Partnership Award was presented to iDEW (Informatics Diversity Enhanced Workforce) and IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing (SolC) for their support and work with the CTC program.
The Career Technical Education (CTE) awards were given out during a public ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Ben Carter, director of Career & Technical Education at IPS, said the second time is as important and rewarding as the first. “This is the second year, but these are vastly different recognitions.”
Last year, CTC received the Student Award (for architecture senior Leona Huddleston, Class of 2017) and awards for partnership (Duke Realty) and career pathway (Architectural Drafting & Design).
For this year’s awards, Carter said IPS built out computer science pathways across the district three years ago and one of the foundational partnerships is with IUPUI’s SolC.
“The IUPUI SoIC team continues to be critical to student success in computer science and critical in helping ensure students successfully matriculate to the right-fit university,” he said.
Carter is also especially proud of student recipient Sebastian Avila, who’s in CTC’s Fire & Rescue program.
“(Sebastian) shows strong character and work ethic. We know these are key attributes for future success in college and career. We are thrilled that the state is recognizing the efforts of our teachers, students and community partners,” said Carter.
In the summer of 2015, the CTC and the IUPUI’s SolC entered into a partnership to generate increased student interest in the field of computer science. The SoIC faculty designed and implemented a project-based, computing-by-design curriculum modeled after current industry practice.
The partnership exposes students to various computer science applications (mobile apps, video game design, data visualizations, chatbots) and promotes careers in the technology sector. SoIC provides mentors daily in the iDEW classrooms to implement curriculum and support student projects. They also offer summer workshops, campus visits, industry field trips, guest speakers, and scholarships to students continuing in this area of study.
The program has proven to be a success, and not just because of the award.
“This is our third year implementing the iDEW program and we were able to see our first class graduate at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Of our graduates, 100 percent were accepted to 2- or 4-year educational programs to pursue STEM-related degrees/careers, many in IT or Computer Science. Additionally, within the past semester, three students participated in work-and-learn internships with the IT Department at Cummins,” said Carter.
The iDEW partnership brings in nontraditional guest speakers, conducts job-site tours and offers exciting learning excursions.
“This is all with the aim to enhance and diversify our local IT workforce. Students are challenged through projects to develop key professional skills such as teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking and communication,” added Carter.