Statistics prove that students involved in high school CTE programs more engaged in school activities, have a higher graduation rate, and are more likely to enroll in college

Loretto High School has a long-standing tradition of successful CTE programs that teach the skills needed for future success. Students enrolled in our programs not only learn valuable content-area skills, but they learn the soft skills desired by today’s employers such as leadership, collaboration, work ethic, and critical thinking.

Our Programs of Study allow students to follow a pathway that will deepen their knowledge in a specific field while gaining the skills needed for that career. Our former students are not only successful in their respective fields, but are also the leaders in our community.

CTE faculty members at LHS bring years of industry experience to the classroom every day. The majority of our faculty worked in their respective fields for years before entering the world of education.

This allows our students to not only have the opportunity to learn skills from people who have mastered their trade, but provides the opportunity for them to learn about real-world experiences from individuals who have had careers in their areas of interest.

Our faculty members include: Colby Bosheers, McClane Bryant, Sheryl Hester, Jason Hickman, Priscilla Marks, Danny Niedergeses, Mary Pack, Sherry Stout, and DeeDee Martin Weatherwax.

The program offerings available to CTE students at LHS are outlined below.

Agriculture/Animal Science/Horticulture
Instructor: McClane Bryant

Courses: Agricultural Mechanics
Greenhouse Management
Landscape and Turf Management
Large Animal
Small Animal

Instructors: Mary Pack
DeeDee Martin Weatherwax

Courses: Accounting I
Computer Applications
Introduction to Business/Marketing
Marketing I
Marketing II
Personal Finance
Virtual Enterprises International

Instructor: Danny Niedergeses

Courses: Construction Core
Carpentry I
Carpentry II

Engineering and Technology
Instructor: Priscilla Marks

Courses: Automation and Robotics
Digital Electronics
Introduction to Engineering and Technology

Family and Consumer Science
Instructor: Sheryl Hester

Courses: Foods and Nutrition
Interior Design
Introduction to Human Studies
LifeSpan Development
Nutrition Science and Diet Therapy


Health Science
Instructor: Sherry Stout

Courses: Emergency Medical Service
Introduction to Health Science
Medical Therapeutic
Nursing Education

Plumbing and Electric
Instructor: Jason Hickman

Courses: Residential/Commercial Wiring and Plumbing

Instructor: Colby Bosheers

Courses: Welding Technology

LHS students who are enrolled in the Welding and Plumbing & Electric programs are able to receive Dual Enrollment Credit through Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT).

Juniors and Seniors are eligible for these programs and are able to receive college credit while in high school, earn credit hours towards their Welding certificates, and enroll as adults after graduation.

These programs have provided many students the opportunity to develop their trade skills while in high school. In some instances, students enter the workforce right out of school.

LHS places an emphasis on rewarding our CTE students for their academic accomplishments. Our school has active chapters of the National Business Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.

In order to qualify for these honors, a student must be a Junior or Senior, have completed three courses in a CTE subject area, maintained a 3.5 GPA in that respective subject area, and maintained an overall 3.0 GPA. These students are recognized at an induction ceremony each year, and the seniors are eligible to wear special cords at graduation.

Exciting new programs for CTE students are available this year at Loretto High School! Students are now offered the opportunity to participate in a Work-Based Learning program.

In this program, students are able to enhance classroom learning by connecting it to the workplace. Local employers partner with us to develop employability skills in our students to prepare them for future college and career experiences.

In addition, LHS CTE students are offered the opportunity to achieve industry certifications in OSHA 10 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). In the fall semester, 151 students achieved industry certifications, with more to follow this semester!

CTE students are encouraged to participate in the various Career & Technical Student Organizations at LHS. Through involvement in these organizations, students are able to develop strong and supportive relationships with fellow members, increase skills in their focus areas, and participate in competitions at the regional, state, and national levels.

CTE student organizations at LHS include: DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), National FFA Organization, HOSA - Future Health Professionals, SkillsUSA, Technology Student Association, and Virtual Enterprises International.

Our students have won awards at the competitions already attended this year, and we expect that trend to continue with competitions in the next couple of months!

Loretto High School takes great pride in our CTE programs and the valuable opportunities available to our students. We would like to thank the LHS CTE Advisory Council members for their continued dedication to the success of our programs, as well as the Loretto community for their tremendous support!




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