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Career & Technical Education (CTE) 

As a CTE school, UASEM prepares its graduates for college and career. Learning happens through the lens of Emergency Management, both in the classroom and out in the real world. Through partnerships with  professionals in the field, our rigorous curricula aligns with needs in the job market, while a variety of academic and professional hands-on experiences help students discover their own paths. In addition to the common core learning standards of other schools, students at UASEM also gain:

Work Experiences. All students who graduate from a CTE program sequence participate in a series of work-based learning experiences. Students explore a range of career paths, learn what education and training they need to advance further, and gain meaningful experiences like volunteering and internships that they can add to their resumes.

 "Soft Skills:" Academic & Personal Behaviors. CTE students also develop the "soft skills" that are essential to a healthy and successful personal and professional life. Some of these skills include persistence and optimism; social, emotional and intellectual engagement; strong work habits and organizational skills; an understanding of how to navigate college and career; communication and collaboration skills; resiliency, confidence, and self-control.

Foundational Skills.  Students will graduate with a CTE-endorsed Regents diploma, on top of traditional high school graduation requirements. This means that all students will take coursework in emergency management and will participate in at least one safe emergency simulation. In addition, all graduates of UASEM will receive a special industry and college-approved credential on their diploma. There will also be opportunities for certifications in various types of first aid and emergency-related computer software.

Validation from Industry Professionals. Under guidance from teachers, students build up a portfolio of experiences and meet individuals and organizations that can vouch for their value in the workplace. 

Capstone Experience.  The Capstone Project will send students into their communities where they will assess vulnerabilities, learn neighbors' attitudes and concerns about emergency preparedness, strengthen the bonds of community members, and promote resiliency in the face and wake of crisis.

Community Service. Our students undergo real-life emergency training, so should a man-made or natural disaster occur they will be empowered to serve, protect, and educate their communities. A cornerstone of a UASEM education is a communitiy service requirement beyond that of a traditional school.

The Three Pathways

At the end of 10th grade, students will select one of three pathways. Similar to a college "major," their pathway will allow them to dive deep into the parts of Emergency Management that are most interesting to them.

Response & Recovery
A crucial element of Response and Recovery is the ability to work as a singular unit. Hence, this pathway focuses on the skills necessary to collaborate with various agencies in an Emergency Situation. This pathway develops students' skills necessary to manage and interact with resources available post incident and how information is received and acted on by the community.

Emerge ncy Communications & Technology
Emergency Management requires new technologies for data collection, information sharing, and analysis. The ETC pathway allows students the opportunity to practice and become skilled in an essential tool  through the investigation of real life data. 

Emergency Management
Students will develop methods, practices and skills in order to create and evaluate emergency plans from the perspective of an Emergency Manager. Students will be responsible for navigating and identifying crucial resources and managing teams before and after incidents. The pathway prepares students for entry into a program to become a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).