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Caddo Hills receives CTE Grant

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online
CADDO HILLS – The Caddo Hills AV Tech and Film Department was one of 72 educational departments in Arkansas to receive approximately $2.5 million in Career and Technical Education State Start-up Grants.
The grants are meant to assist high schools with the development of new CTE programs of study.
Caddo Hills has been awarded $41,753.78 to support the Broadcast AV/Tech Film program of study. A statement on the school’s Facebook page congratulated program instructor Victor Guidry. They added that the funds will help ensure that every student enrolled in this program of study is equipped and ready to learn and develop skills that will grow their career potential in the AV/Tech Film Industry.
The start up grants cover 85 percent of costs associated with a new program with the school District committing to cover the remaining 15 percent.
According to Ross White, the director of ADE’s Division of Career and Technical Education, they receive state funds each year to assist schools with purchasing appropriate industry standard equipment needed to start a CTE program of study. He went on to say that CTE programs provide students invaluable hands-on experience to prepare them for future careers.
Grant funds provide a financial boost to help schools start new programs that will meet business and industry needs in the future.
The Acorn Campus of the Ouachita River School District also received a grant valued at $44,402.95 for their Construction Technology Program.

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