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Career & Technical Education

The Fifthstar Makerspace Team at Schurz High School was awarded an Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education.  This is the highest level recognition offered by ISBE. The team wrote and was selected for the United State Department of Education CTE Makeover Challenge Grant summer of 2016 and spent the 2016-2017 school year building out the space and making it a viable learning environment.  The award recognizes the hard work put in by each team member to make Fifthstar Makerspace a reality and formally connect the Northside Maker Faire (annually hosted at Schurz HS), CTE programs, and the Schurz learning community to a space in the building dedicated to making.  


Team members:

Kevin Rutter - CTE Business & Entrepreneurship

Aaron Arreguin - CTE Digital Media

Caitlin Stich - CTE Digital Media

Peter Schoedel - CTE Engineering (Project Lead the Way)

Kelsey Virgous - Schurz HS Technology Coordinator

Christina Pei - Northside Maker Faire Director


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers work-based learning for high school students to explore specific industry-related careers at an intimate level. Students follow a college and career preparatory curriculum with experiences that include: job shadows, apprenticeships, paid internships and industry certifications.

  • Allied Health: Students learn about the structures and functions of the body; explore how illnesses are prevented, treated, and managed; and learn how to manage medical records.
  • Automotive Technology: Students learn the basics of computer diagnosis for automotive repair as well as traditional tool usage for the entire repair process: evaluating, repairing, and maintaining vehicles.
  • Business and Finance:  Through accounting and entrepreneurship courses, students create, establish, organize, and manage their own small business, as well as learn about careers in financial planning, banking, insurance, and international finance.  
  • Digital Media: Students learn to navigate Adobe software to build their design skills and use industry standard equipment to bring their ideas to life by creating ads, posters and dynamic visual presentations.

  • Pre-Engineering: Students are exposed to all areas of the engineering industry including design and drafting, structural concepts, product design and production technology. Using an inquiry process and technologies such as CAD software and 3D printing, students prototype, design, and create.


For more information about CTE and the application process, go to; https://chooseyourfuture.cps.edu/career-technical-education/what-is-cte/