Now 87% of GHS students take Career/Technical courses
At Gladstone High School, 87% of students take career/technical [CTEC] classes before graduation. That’s 13% above the state average, and also significantly higher than all neighboring districts, The CTEC Consortium study compiled enrollment from three cohort years from 2017 to 2020. The data can be found here: https://gladstonekids.com/CTEC
“Gladstone’s CTEC classes range from medical terminology, construction technology, and video production to accounting, engineering, and cyber security,” said Principal Kevin Taylor. “Beyond that, we also offer many AP, dual-credit and CCC classes to prepare students for college.
Research shows that students who concentrate on a CTEC program are 25% more likely to graduate in four years than those who did not.
GHS tops state graduation rate by 5%
The Gladstone School District’s four-year graduation rate for the class of 2021 was 86%. That’s 5% above the state graduation rate.
Gladstone again showed strong performance by some historically underserved groups. More than 86% of Hispanic/Latino students graduated in four years, beating the state average by over 4%. That’s an improvement of 12% in just four years.
Nearly 82% of Gladstone’s economically disadvantaged students graduated on time, a rate nearly 5% better than the state average. The district improved the graduation rate for this group by 18.5% in the past seven years through academic and emotional support programs.
In Gladstone, over 78% of students with disabilities graduated on time, almost 7% more than the previous year and 12% above the state average. The district’s strong focus on early intervention strategies helped build this success.
Freshmen study solar energy
In the shop at Gladstone High, Sphero robots zip across the room, driven by freshmen who use block coding to make them spin, reverse, and turn. Across campus in the project lab, students work with electrical wiring, combining voltage from the segments of a small solar panel to power a motor.
This hands-on learning is all part of the GATES class, which stands for Gladstone Arts Technology Engineering School. Students rotate between three teachers, spending three to four weeks with each.
This year the course is focused on renewable solar energy. By the end of the term, each student will design and build their own solar-powered cell phone charger.
In Brenden Thwing’s design and 3D printing segment, students are writing a program to 3D print a housing for the charger’s solar panel.
In Dusty Long’s technology and construction segment, teens will build a solar racking and mounting system to attach the solar panels, using materials donated by the Renewable Energy Technology Program at Clackamas Community College.
In Kevin Zerzan’s science and engineering segment, students learn about the photo voltaic effect, practicing with mini solar panels, bright lights, and tiny electric engines that power a fan.
Trying electrical wiring for the first time, Madison Yingling said, “I think it’s cool, but this is a little difficult to figure out. I’ve always loved any form of science, and this class will help me prepare to study forensic science.”
Rowan Young said he’s been wanting to try programming for awhile. “I like coding because I’m good at finding problems, then making things work.”
For many, this is the first time they’ve tried the skills they’re using. Several said the class has inspired them to explore other technical courses later in high school