Everyday Education: CTE Class Routs Students To Their Futures


December 10, 2018

From left to right, eighth graders Elizabeth Contreras-Galindo, Bailey Musser and Emily Pulido-Contreras ponder a question from their teacher, Justin Ausburn, far left, as together they figure out how to program Brevard Middle School's new CNC router. (Courtesy photo)

The eighth graders filed into Justin Ausburn's Career and Technical Education (CTE) class excited but well-behaved. They were working on several projects together and seemed eager to get started. For the past week, they, along with students from Ausburn's other classes, had designed and built the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router (a tool that cuts designs into wood or metal) that had been awarded to the Brevard Middle School through Haywood EMC's Bright Ideas grant.

Ausburn's goals are simple but lofty: teach middle school students how to problem solve. Kids intuitively solve probl...

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