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Poster Contest Promotes CTE: The Third Part of a Series That Celebrates CTE Month 2008. CTE Teachers Get into the Spirit of the CTE Poster Contest

Magazine article Techniques

Poster Contest Promotes CTE: The Third Part of a Series That Celebrates CTE Month 2008. CTE Teachers Get into the Spirit of the CTE Poster Contest

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CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO CITY SCHOOLS is considered one of the best academic school systems in North Carolina. It has a strong CTE legacy and the creativity among its students is phenomenal. During CTE Month, East Chapel Hill High School challenged students with a CTE poster contest themed, "I've Got Skills, Yes I Do." Students were required to create a poster emphasizing skills they acquired in high school that would benefit them in a competitive workforce environment. They were asked to create a poster using their own creativity and skills. There was even prize money: CTE poster winners received $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third. There were more than 50 entries and it was difficult to judge. In the end, teachers added two honorary mentions to the winners' list, with those entrants receiving $10 each for their submission.

The Contest a Class Activity

CTE teachers got into the spirit of the contest and encouraged their students to participate. There was a great diversity of participants and the range of their creativity was beyond our imagination. Students displayed an array of artistic talent; many posters were created freehand and others employed computer graphics.

The judges found that the best thing about this contest is that it increased awareness of the importance of CTE in schools, not only to the students, but to the teachers both in and out of the CTE program; students were able to incorporate skills learned in CTE classes along with those learned in their core academic courses. …

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