Types of certifications Agriculture: Beef Quality Assurance Texas State Floral Design Hunter and Boater Safety NCCER Core AWS (Welding) Arts, Audio/Video, Technology & Communications: Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Construction: NCCER Core NCCER Construction Business: Microsoft Office Specialist Microsoft Office Expert Education: Texas A&M AgriLife Childcare Certifications Health Science: CPR Basic Life Support OSHA Health Science Phlebotomy Certification EKG Certification Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Culinary: ServSafe Food Handler Certified Food Manager AAFCS Culinary Certification Manufacturing: OSHA 10 Hr Safety NCCER Core NCCER Welding AWS (Welding) API Welding STEM: FAA 107 Drone Pilot License AWS (Welding) FCC Technician Radio License Tripoli Rocketry Certification

CLUTE — Brazosport ISD students earned 1,448 Career Technical Education certifications this year, and that number could still grow, district CTE Director Jessie Jennings said.

“I think it shows our commitment to ensuring that our students are prepared for the future and life after high school,” she said.

The board of trustees, administration and school staff are committed to ensuring students have what they need to be successful, she said. The types of certifications come in a large variety, including beef quality assurance, Federal Aviation Administration 107 drone pilot license, Texas A&M AgriLife child care and ServSafe food handler, according to a news release from the district.

A new certification students earned this year was a certified veterinary technician, said Risha Broom, veterinary medical applications teacher at Brazosport High School. This program requires students to begin classes early on in high school, so they can learn the skills and theory behind the medicine and practice, then complete clinical hours to prove mastery, Broom said.

“They’re required to do 300 hours, but our girls almost did 350 on their own,” she said of the required clinical hours.

The CTE programs are successful because of partnerships with the community, Broom said, including Freeport Veterinary Medical Center’s willingness to work with district students.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of our community vet clinic,” she said.

Lataevia Thomas, a Brazosport graduate, earned her level 1 and 2 Texas State Floral Design certifications during the past two years, she said.

Growing up, Thomas watched her grandmother and mother work with floral arrangements, and it encouraged her to get an early start on the craft, she said.

“They were so great at it,” she said. “I wanted to see if I could be as good as them.”

Thomas will pursue a summer job with a floral department before attending the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in the fall, she said.

“It feels amazing to have the opportunity to be able to go out and get a certification to start working before I do go off to college,” Thomas said.

She credits Broom for her success.

“If it wasn’t for her teaching me … it takes a lot of skill and knowledge,” Thomas said.

Sam Massey, a Brazoswood High School graduate, earned him clinical medical assisting and phlebotomy technician certifications, he said. Massey started taking health-based classes during his freshman year because he thinks medicine is the perfect blend of sciences, engineering and humanities, he said.

“It felt good, but I also know it’s a stepping stone for my real dream, which is to be a doctor,” Massey said of earning his certifications.

He will go to Baylor University and major in neuroscience this fall, he said. Baylor has doctors’ offices on campus, so he could be a clinical medical assistant or technician there during school, which would really help, Massey said.

It’s great the certifications come from all kinds of disciplines and most of them take multiple years to earn, Jennings said.

It’s validating when students experience a career during high school and know that it is a path they want to go down, she said.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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