Mayor Jerry Tomlinson and Oklahoma State School Board and State Board of CTE member Amy Ford made an appearance at Durant High School Wednesday Morning.
The two were at the school to sign a proclamation designating February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) month in Durant.
By doing so, Durant is joining others across the nation celebrating CTE month. Over 760 students at Durant High School currently participate in Career Tech classes.
DHS principal and career tech director Cheryl Conditt said these classes teach technical skills such as agriculture, health occupation and advertising.
Although other schools have similar classes, Conditt said it is the variety and number of these classes available at DHS that make the school a “comprehensive school.”
“They get life-long skills,” said business technology teacher Loann Latona.
She said that these classes aid students in interviewing skills, job readiness, self-confidence and networking. “They get their foot in the door,” said Latona.
Conditt said that there are activities planned throughout the month of February that will “illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students.”
Present at the proclamation signing were officers from the school’s FFA, FCCLA, BPA, HOSA and DECA organizations.
Each of these organizations is an example of the CTE system currently available at Durant High School. Mayor Tomlinson addressed these students saying “I applaud you and what you do.”