February is National CTE Month, so we asked a few of A.W. Beattie’s students why career and technical education is important to them.
Aminata Maida is a Shaler student in the Sports Medicine program. She plans to be a pediatrician.
I love waking up in the morning and coming here to Sports Medicine. It’s exciting every day, and it pushes me to be better and get experience before college. I feel kind of like a college student, because in some ways we are learning at that level.
Matthew Mahafkey is a Pine-Richland student in the Network Engineering Technology. He plans to attend Butler County Community College and Robert Morris University.
I love coming to Beattie every day, because everyone is so friendly and you don’t realize you’re learning until it’s too late. I really feel this experience is giving me the foundation to be a network administrator one day.
Aimee Meininghaus is a North Hills student in the Culinary Arts program and would like to be a cruise ship chef.
Everything in the Culinary Arts program really gets you ready for the real world through great experiences. You really have to learn how to communicate and you learn what hard work really is in a realistic setting.
Jes Zalus is a Deer Lakes student in the Health and Nursing Sciences program. She plans to be an orthopedic nurse.
I feel being in (Health and Nursing Sciences) puts me ahead of everyone else. It’s a real step forward to begin college and my career, which not everyone else gets because they don’t come here. I just love interacting with people, and I want to help others in the future.
Ben Scariot is a Shaler student in the Emergency Response Technology program. He plans to attend CCAC and the Center for Emergency Medicine.
Coming to Beattie is a completely different atmosphere. I always start my day with something I really enjoy, because you pick your program. It’s a great way to get a jump-start into your career, too, because in my program I can have my EMT right of high school. I know I can get a job and be successful, which is a huge advantage over some people who are only going straight into college without this type of experience.