Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

The CTE Natural Resources and Conservation program at LSSU prepares local high school students for a career in natural resources. This program can be taken for one or two years, and students can earn up to 7 college credits in the process.

image of Scott McLeodOur instructor, is the Outreach and Education Specialist at the Center for Freshwater Research and Education and the instructor of our CTE program. Scott was a high school science teacher for 30 years and is so excited to be teaching and sharing his passion of natural resources with bright, young minds!

Our students get hands-on field experiences through the LSSU CTE Natural Resources Program.

Meet our Students

Our current students are all juniors at Brimley High School.

A student is seen holding an Atlantic salmon that is about to have its length and weight taken

Mason Harris

How might this class influence your career choice?

“Choosing this as a career allows you to meet people who have the same passion and desires, while making a difference for everyone around you to see.”

A student is holding a female Atlantic salmon

Gary LaPine

What’s your favorite thing about this class?

“The amount of activities we get to do outdoors in the field.”

A male student is standing in front of a glass case of fish mounts

Andrew Kandler

What’s the best thing you have done in class so far?

“Being able to clip fins and tag Lake Trout at the Pendills Creek Fish Hatchery.”

A student is sitting on a boat on the water and is holding a long strand of an aquatic plant over the side

Torin Miller

Would you recommend this class to other students?

“Yes, I would because it is an all-around fun class but I have also learned a great deal of information from it in a way that I can remember it.”

Activities

  • Field Labs
  • On-campus labs
    • Lake stratification modeling
    • Fish dissection and identification
    • E. coli water sample testing
    • Soil analysis
    • DIY trail cam mount building
  • Hands on interactions with LSSU faculty on lab projects
  • Guest speakers from state, national, tribal, and private natural resources organizations
Four male students are standing on a boat holding long strands of bladderwort, an aquatic plant, just caught from the water.
CTE students are snowshoeing for a winter field lab