My district, Tularosa Municipal Schools, is quite rural. Our student body is a fairly even mix of Caucasian, Hispanic, and Native American. We serve about 940 students, which is actually an increase of 130 students over last year. It’s common for our students to be expected to help their families financially, and many of them plan to work right here in our community without attending college after they graduate.
In light of this and the relatively large influx of students into our small district, we began building out our career and technical education (CTE) pathways. We are currently implementing 14 of the 16 pathways and even finding paid opportunities for many of our students along the way. Here’s what it looks like.