What is IGNITE CTE?
In 2023, the City of Nampa had a novel idea: Connect students in Nampa School District’s CTE programs with local employers to ignite their passion for their chosen career and explore opportunities within their communities. With the support of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, 12 local businesses hosted 60 students to let them experience their dream job for three hours. Students left with more knowledge of what it takes to succeed in their careers, and employers had an opportunity to connect with up-and-coming talent in meaningful ways.
They called it IGNITE Nampa, and we loved the idea so much that we’re inviting schools statewide to host their own IGNITE CTE events in 2024. It’s easier than you think—and we’re providing the tools and resources you need to get started. Follow the links to download resources you can customize!
2-3 months out
Contact businesses and invite them to participate.
- Each CTE program has its own Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of regional business leaders who are vested in ensuring their future workforce has the skills and experience they need to be successful and productive employees. Ask your TAC members if they or anyone they know would be willing to welcome a small group of students to their business for three hours on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, and then share this email invitation with them.
- Ask your local Chamber of Commerce to invite their members to participate. Customize this email to start the conversation.
1-2 months out
Create an agenda.
- Regardless of how many students and businesses participate, students should have roughly the same opportunities. At a minimum, all students should be briefed on proper etiquette and any applicable safety rules before leaving for their IGNITE CTE experience. All businesses should welcome students, give a tour of the facility, let students job shadow, and ask questions. Use the sample agenda to get started!
- We want every IGNITE CTE event to feel exciting and special—and we want every student to feel like their community supports their career preparation efforts. While not required, consider kicking off the day with a group breakfast featuring local dignitaries, such as your superintendent, mayor, and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. If you decide to have guests at your events, contact them now to get on their calendars.
Work out logistics.
- Share the flyer with students.
- Once businesses are lined up as hosts, send a registration form to your CTE students.
- Assign students to host businesses and work with your school district to arrange transportation. Don’t forget to arrange transportation to and from your student’s home schools!
Two weeks out
- Send participating businesses a what to expect email.
The week before
- Send a news release to your local newspaper or TV station(s) inviting them to cover the event.
The day before
- Send a final email to the host businesses with the names of the students attending the event, their responses from the survey of what they hope to get out of the event, any food allergy information (if applicable), and tips for a successful job shadow experience.
The day of
Get EXPERIENCE and ENCOURAGEMENT to explore your dream career!
Tools you can use
- Email invite
- Chamber of Commerce email template
- Sample agenda
- Registration flyer
- Registration form
- What to expect email template
- News release
- Final email template
- Tips for successful job shadowing
- Thank you email template
- Promotional video
- PowerPoint template
- Sample registration questions for student participants
- Sample survey questions for student participants
- Sample survey questions for business participants
Let us know if you’ll be participating in IGNITE CTE!