Our department is having a difficult time building our programs. Admin takes us for granted and doesn’t include us in any of the planning. I have a few ideas that I hope will help, but could use some advice on more ways to recruit students to our courses. The courses are relevant and engaging, but we have a trouble getting noticed on our large campus. What ways or methods do you use to draw students into your CTE programs?

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Nobody is going to guess your needs if it involves change. Sit down with admin and tell them you need to be included.

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Do you offer exploratory classes for grade 9 students? That’s the primary way we attract students.

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We also hold an Open House for 8th graders before they come to our HS. We let our CTE students do demos and talk to kids and families while they tour our shops. Many of my students say it was effective at getting their attention!

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