Four Carson High School high school seniors who enrolled in the school’s career and technical training program for advanced veterinary studies participate in a semester-long internship at the Nevada Humane Society in Carson City.
The internship is a key experience for students in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster and a culmination of four years of CTE study. Participating senior CTE students include Yesica Andrade, Layla Ruybal-Ault, Parker Story and Kelly Strasser.
The community-based partnership through Carson City Shelter Manager Caly Johnson offers students the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day duties of a veterinarian and observe surgical procedures being performed by veterinary staff. In addition, working students can:
— Socialize cats, dogs and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits that are currently available for adoption
— Provision of kennel care
— Participation in vaccination clinics
— Work at the front desk and improve their communication and customer service skills
— Ride with the animal control officers at the Nevada Humane Society
“Our goal with the CTE program is to provide students with real-world experiences and the skills they need to be successful in their chosen careers,” said Josh Billings, associate principal at Carson High, the CTE and Fine Arts supervised. “The Veterinary Science Advanced Studies internship is just one of many opportunities we offer in a coordinated manner to help students achieve this goal.”
The school’s CTE program provides students with the skills and training they need to thrive in today’s workplace, including internships and other hands-on learning opportunities, he continued. Carson High strives to provide students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for college and career success.
The Veterinary Science Advanced Studies internship is one of many great opportunities for participating students to explore their interest in the field and gain valuable experience. It is a clear example of the benefits of CTE programs that not only improve students’ education but also help them make informed decisions about their future careers.
Nationally, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities, and more. Of Carson High School’s 2,240 students, more than 1,700 are enrolled in CTE courses.
In addition, CTE is an important part of the solution to countless national economic and labor problems, such as: B. High school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs, Billings said. At a time when job opportunities are so critical, CTE programs in every community ensure students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce. Nevada’s CTE students also have a higher graduation rate than non-CTE students: 98.25 percent.