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Beyond the Classroom with Career and Technical Education


One of the amazing things about Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the opportunity for students to experience hands-on career learning experiences beyond the classroom. This week, Northbrook High School Construction Tech I & II students toured a commercial construction project with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors. 

A workplace tour is a highly-structured career awareness activity. Students visit a workplace, learn about the business, meet employees, ask questions and observe the workplace environment. While some may think these are simple field trips, workplace tours are structured to meet specific learning outcomes, build awareness, and present career options to students.

The experience requires preparation before and follow-up after in the classroom, including research and reflection by students. 

Workplace tours and other work-based learning activities depend on the participation of business leaders and employers. Thank you to Bartlett Cocke and its employees for this amazing learning opportunity!

Workplace tours:

  • Enhance workplace knowledge and build career awareness.
  • Illustrate how key academic concepts are applied in the real world.
  • Offer students a chance to ask questions and observe work in progress.
  • Promote student interaction with professional adults.

The tour consisted of:  

  • An introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) featuring a 3-D animation of the project 
  • Career information and job introductions by architects, electrical technicians, MEP contractors, project superintendents, and project managers
  • A safety overview and PPE for the tour 
  • A job site tour of the construction site

Students will have an opportunity to revisit the worksite and hear from future speakers before the project completion in April 2022. To learn more about CTE Programming in Spring Branch ISD, click here.