Skilled to Work: How CTE helped one Springfield student

One Springfield student credits his CTE classes with giving him a new love of learning.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018 11:39 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield student said he found the passion to learn through CTE programs.

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Alec Mitchell was supposed to attend Sheldon High School, but his mother said he wasn't particularly motivated. She said he struggled through middle school and was dreading the next four years. She said she looked around for options to help him and found an outstanding shop and auto program at Springfield High School.

"I get to do something else than sit in a chair," Alec said. "I get to work and tinker on stuff like this. I get to figure out what's wrong with the car. It's kind of like math. You have to diagnose the problem and fix it."

Math is something Mitchell said he feels more confident about thanks to his CTE classes. He said he can sit through his daily classes because he knows, at some point during the day, he gets to work with his hands. He said he's even thinking of making a career out of these skills.

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