Vocational and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education programs strive to provide all students a challenging, relevant, meaningful, and seamless education that will help them become lifelong learners and productive citizens. It provides opportunities for students to receive instruction in one or more career majors or areas of concentration. A Career Major is defined as a coherent sequence of courses or field of study that prepares a student for a first job and/or further education or training.

CTE integrates academic and occupational learning, integrates school-based and work-based learning and establishes linkages between high schools and post-secondary institutions. It prepares the student for employment in a broad occupational cluster or industry sector and typically includes at least 4 years of high school and 1or 2 years of post-secondary education.

Business Education and Marketing are broad, comprehensive curriculums that prepare students to become citizens in a global economy. Students gain a wide range of transferable skills that allow entrance into the job market with flexibility to function in new and emerging technological occupations. Business education develops knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in the workforce and provides the basis for students to successfully complete post-secondary programs in various content areas.

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum is broad and comprehensive enabling individuals to function effectively as consumers, homemakers, parents, and employees or employers and to balance these roles successfully. The focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.

Technology Education programs provide awareness of how technology affects work and life in a global society profoundly impacted by technical means. A major goal is to introduce concepts and initial skills that can lead to trade and industrial education careers.

The Iberia Parish Career Center provides comprehensive vocational and technology training for students from the five high schools in the parish. The goal of the Center is to bring all the high schools together in a work related environment. Students are offered an opportunity to master skills through hands-on activities and clinical experiences using current work techniques and equipment. Work habits, course knowledge, responsibility, and community work force involvement are goals for the programs. Course offerings include health occupations, nursing assistant, auto detailing, auto mechanics, paint and body work, small engine repair, agriculture, welding, work studies, lawn care, landscaping, carpentry, cabinet making, sewing, monogramming, and hairstyling. Students attend IPCC in the mornings or afternoons and their home schools the remainder of the day.

Career Exploration and Workforce Development - The Iberia Parish School Board has entered into a partnership with the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce and the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation. The mission of this organization is "to develop in every individual the skills, knowledge and attitudes vital in becoming a part of tomorrow's workforce and a valuable, responsible citizen in our community."

The partnership sponsors career-oriented programs for area high schools students. In November, the Paths to the Future Program is held at Westgate High School for juniors and seniors in all Iberia Parish public and private schools. Approximately forty-five (45) colleges, universities, technical schools, specialty programs, and the military are represented. Almost 1,300 students are able to visit with them and receive valuable printed information. The second phase of the program, Career Exploration, is targeted for sophomores and is held during the spring semester. At this time, tenth grade students have the opportunity to meet with individuals involved in various occupations from the Acadiana region. They also experience a Reality Store to help them understand the cost of living independently.

In addition to these large activities, student are encouraged to begin thinking about their future careers as early as the sixth grade. In the middle schools, the students complete various career activities and a Five Year Plan that outlines their high school course choices based on Career Majors. Students can receive dual enrollment credits with the post-secondary institutions including Teche Area Technical College, South Louisiana Community College, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They can choose to take co-op or internship classes where they work a minimum of hours per week or enroll in clinical classes such as Certified Nursing Assistant where their instruction takes place in the hospitals and nursing homes. They can also witness the work place through job shadowing experiences, summer internships, and job placements.