Six RAS students in eighth grade are participating in the Junior Career and Tech (JCAT) program to experience some CTE classes firsthand.
Every other week, on Wednesday morning, the RAS students work with the second-year CTE students to learn some of the skills taught in those classes. This year, students visit the welding, outdoor power equipment, auto body, culinary arts and criminal justice classes.
“My students are able to have the opportunity to explore what programs will become available to them when they get to high school,” said RAS middle school teacher Flo Allen. “They become very excited about this and look forward to going. When they return they are thrilled to share their experiences that day.”
The JCAT program has been a partnership with DeWitt Middle School for years, and this is the second year that students at RAS have also had the opportunity to take advantage of the program.
A number of students who participated as eighth graders from DeWitt have gone on to become students in CTE programs as high schoolers. Josh Ryan was a JCAT student who now as a second-year welding student works with Romen Rogers, a JCAT student from RAS.
“I am thrilled that our RAS middle school students have the opportunity to participate in this program,” said RAS principal Michelle Nolan. “It provides our students with an advanced look at Career and Tech and rounds out our program by increasing the offerings available to them.”