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Discover the Power of Partnership: Transforming Education for Future Success

CTE Programs at DM Public Schools

This article includes information provided by Kelsie Mouchka and Jean Bahls.

At Des Moines Public Schools, our mission resonates with a simple yet profound promise: "Come Here. Become Here." Within our educational ecosystem lie more than 30 dynamic Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, both at our home high schools and at Central Campus, our premier regional academy. These programs are not just about education; they're about shaping futures.

Igniting a Passion for Learning at Des Moines Public Schools

Our approach to CTE goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. We believe in hands-on learning experiences that ignite passion and purpose in our students. Picture them presenting business plans to community stakeholders, catering for local enterprises, designing impactful posters, troubleshooting tech challenges or cultivating and selling plants — all within a real-world context. These activities aren't just tasks; they're pathways to empowerment.

Work-Based Learning Partnerships

Work-based learning lies at the heart of our CTE philosophy. From introductory career awareness sessions to immersive internships and apprenticeships, we offer a spectrum of opportunities for students to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our business partners play a pivotal role in this journey, enriching our classrooms with their expertise and support. Whether it's shaping curriculum, facilitating work-based partnerships or guiding students through mock interviews, their involvement ensures our education remains relevant and responsive to industry demands.

Our ultimate goal? To equip students with the skills and mindset they need to thrive in tomorrow's world. We envision graduates who are not just academically proficient but also professionally adept, thanks to exposure to diverse CTE pathways and invaluable networking opportunities. Our programs nurture future-ready individuals who are primed to make meaningful contributions to your business.

Share Your Insights with Des Moines Public Schools

Yet, this transformative journey isn't one we undertake alone. As we embark on our triennial Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, we invite our business community to join us once again. Your insights are indispensable as we refine our practices and chart our course for the future. Whether you're already part of our vibrant partnership network or are just discovering the potential of CTE, your perspective matters.

We invite you to share your thoughts through a brief survey. Your input will shape the evolution of our CTE programs, ensuring they continue to empower our students and meet the evolving needs of our community. Together, we can cultivate a pipeline of talent that not only enriches our schools but also strengthens our businesses and drives collective prosperity.

Thank you for your dedication and collaboration in sculpting a brighter future for our students — your future employees. Click here to embark on this journey with us.

Author Profiles

Kelsie Mouchka

Kelsie Mouchka

Kelsie Mouchka is the Associate Principal for Central Campus, Des Moines Public Schools.

Jean Bahls

Jean Bahls

Jean Bahls is the CTE Curriculum Coordinator for Central Campus, Des Moines Public Schools. Reach out to her at jean.bahls@dmschools.org to learn more.


Des Moines Public Schools

Des Moines Public Schools is the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout Des Moines, Iowa.