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For some high school students, even college students, choosing what career path they want to follow can be a frightening and challenging decision.  But, Minot Public Schools is making that decision a little easier for high schoolers.

Whether it's to be a mechanic or nurse, if they're interested, can give students the opportunities to experience them.

"Students in the 7th grade can already start taking Career and Technical Education with the Business and office education area on up to the 12th grade where they'll get their trades," says Pam Stroklund, the director of Career & Technical Education (CTE) for MPS

Minot Public School's Career and Technical Education program offers 12 career fields including agricultural education, automotive collision, construction and health careers.  It's a chance for students to pick up some real world experience.

"I think it's really cool they have these classes available for students, so they can actually experience what it will be like out on the job. It gives them actual job experience which they can use on their resume, which is awesome," says Eliora Matison, a Senior at Magic City Campus who is in the CTE culinary program.

Eighty percent or about 1,500 MPS students are taking a CTE course this year.  And numbers prove that students enrolled in those courses perform better in school. "As their taking two credits of a Career and Technical Education courses they're more proficient in their reading and math scores and there's a bigger percentage of those students graduating," says Stroklund.

And when it comes to graduating, students enrolled in the CTE program have the chance to apply for a $6,000 scholarship to help pay for college. But there are certain requirements to meet.  Parents should work with their kids when it comes to class registration. 

"And it's important for them to sit down with their students and determine what courses they're going to take during their four year course work," says Stroklund.

Getting some career experience during high school can go a long way to saving students money when it comes to their college years.

"It's better to find out in high school that you either like it or don't like it, then you go off to college for a certain career and you decide you don't like it and you waste all that money on it," says Emily Long, a senior in the CTE Childcare course.

And registration is currently underway for upcoming CTE courses. Parents who have questions are advised to call the guidance counselor at their child's school.

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