Career Tech Expo a success!

Career Tech Expo a success!
Posted on 04/05/2019
Career Tech Expo a success!

‘This is amazing’

AHS has great community response at Career Tech Expo


By Toni Garrard Clay

AISD Communications Coordinator


Raymond Magee had many questions as he toured the Career and Technical Education (CTE) facilities at Athens High School Thursday evening. His two daughters are in elementary school now, but he was eager to learn what the future holds for them as Hornets. By the time he left the First Annual CTE Expo, one of his girls wanted to learn how to weld. Mission accomplished.


“I think this is amazing,” said Magee. “I’ve been interested for a long time in seeing what the district has to offer and what programs are out there. … I am very impressed with the quality of work I’ve seen as I’ve walked through, and the facilities look top notch. I think these kids are getting a quality education.”


Multiple programs under the career and technical education umbrella were represented and interactive with visitors during the two-hour event. Law enforcement students showed off pepperball guns, tasers and stinger spikes; future health professionals demonstrated CPR; culinary arts students served up excellent food; construction students answered questions standing next to the frame of a “tiny house” in progress; mechanical ag students displayed award-winning trailers and a smoker; HVAC students shared maintenance tips; not to mention robotics, audio/visual, the powder coating bay, mum-making lessons, machining shop and business model software.


“We accomplished some very important goals with this,” said CTE Director Ward Wilbanks after the expo. “There were younger students who expressed interest in signing up for some of the classes they saw. We had people who had never seen our facilities tell us they are really impressed by what we’re doing here. And I have a pocket full of business cards from folks who see an opportunity to partner with us. That’s exactly what we hoped for.”

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