February is Career Tech Education (CTE) Month, an annual celebration of the value of CTE and the achievements of CTE students. The most rigorous CTE program at University View Academy (UVA) is the Technical College Academy. The Technical College Academy allows eligible juniors and seniors the opportunity to pursue either an Associate of Applied Science, a Technical Diploma, or a Certificate of Technical Studies while simultaneously working towards their high school diploma. In recognition of CTE Month, UVA is honoring the dedicated students enrolled in the Technical College Academy.

Nathaniel Bordelon is a graduating senior completing an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology, a challenging commitment that demands 60 credit hours from Northshore Technical Community College. 

“I enjoyed being able to pursue a tech degree in something I was interested in while finishing my high school years,” Bordelon shared via email. “I knew I wasn’t interested in the ‘four-year college’ route.” 

Bordelon has thrived as a member of the Technical College Academy. Last year, he earned a Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC) from his score on the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessment. The platinum certificate is the highest NCRC awarded and indicates an excellent score on crucial cross-industry skill assessments. After graduation, he plans to continue studying diesel engine repair and become a mechanic. 

Automotive Technology isn’t the only path offered through UVA’s Technical College Academy. Other fields include Carpentry Technology, Welding Technology, Business Administration/Accounting, Electrician Technology, and Patient Care Technician. 

“Enrolling in the Technical College Academy program benefits us not only financially but academically,” shared senior Lexi Bordelon via email. “It allows you to get a jump-start on your future while still being in high school.” Lexi Bordelon is completing a Certificate in Technical Studies in Patient Care Technician through Central Louisiana Technical and Community College. She will earn a certification in CNA, EKG, and Phlebotomy through the program and plans to continue her education in nursing after graduation. 

UVA strives to equip and empower each unique student for their chosen paths after graduation, whether that be a four-year university plan, a two-year degree plan, or directly entering the workforce. Discover all the opportunities provided through UVA’s Technical College Academy.

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