Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers bring something special to the classroom in that many if not most are trained first in their areas of expertise, then as a teacher. That combination gives students a better perspective on what a career in a chosen field may be like by relating to the experiences those CTE teachers bring into the classroom.
Michelle Rauch spent 17 years in the field of broadcast journalism before bringing her talents to the Multimedia Production program at Eastside Technical Center in Fayette County.
In just her second year at the school, Rauch’s students have already compiled an impressive list of awards and community project recognitions including a first place honor at the recent Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship.
In looking over the categories available for the STLP competition, Rauch said her students decided to do a video promoting tourism. The Kentucky Department of Tourism sponsors that particular competition.
The theme, “There’s only one Kentucky” inspired the students to come together and create their own version and out of approximately 80 entries, the Eastside program came out on top.
“The students have done a lot of videotaping in the classroom but this was the first time they had really used the green screen for production purposes and they really had fun doing it,” she said.
It is that hands-on “fun stuff” that has taught her students to be more tech-savvy and provided them an avenue to learn more about video and audio production. And through STLP, Rauch said it has played a big role in getting and keeping her students excited about what they are doing.