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The AES CTE Blog

The latest ideas, tips, and trends for CTE, career readiness, business education, and computer applications teachers.

Business Education | Computer Applications | Texas

By: Brad Hummel
July 5th, 2022

Basic computing skills have become increasingly essential to our lives and our ability to function using digital technology. Today’s students need to have a solid understanding of typing, data, and computer applications to use the software they’ll need for most occupations.

Health Science | NCHSE | Diversified Health Occupations

By: Brad Hummel
June 30th, 2022

As a teacher in a CTE health careers program, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to teach a course on the foundations of health science. Health Science Foundations is one of the most common courses future medical workers take because it introduces them to many of the core concepts they’ll need to succeed.

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Health Science | National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

By: Betty Jean Schultz
June 28th, 2022

The NHA CPT exam is an industry certification developed by the National Healthcareer Association to measure a student’s knowledge and skills needed to become a certified phlebotomy technician.

Career Exploration | Middle School | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 23rd, 2022

If you want to truly open the minds of your middle schoolers to the career possibilities out there, then teaching a unit or course on career exploration is the right way to go. These courses allow students to examine many different options so they can decide on the future that resonates with them the most. 

Computer Applications | Microsoft Access | Microsoft Office | Lesson Plans

By: Mike Cescon
June 21st, 2022

If you teach high school computer applications, you know how tough it can be to find Microsoft Access lesson plans. After all, Access isn’t nearly as popular an application as Word or PowerPoint, making it all the harder to find resources online to help you teach it. 

Health Science | Medical Terminology

By: Brad Hummel
June 16th, 2022

When teaching difficult concepts such as medical terminology, health science teachers can feel overwhelmed and frustrated. You want your students to engage with and memorize important material, but you might be uncertain about how to keep your students focused and energized. Worse still, you fear that your students may be bored and unable to master vocabulary that will be a part of assessments and certification exams.