Masuk High School students who took the state’s career readiness test in computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) got the highest scores in Connecticut — and the highest ever achieved in the entire state in that discipline.
The Monroe Board of Education has recognized the Masuk teacher who oversees CAD classes, Michael Cercone, at a meeting. Cercone’s role was highlighted during one of the board’s “Exemplary People” segments.
Twelve Masuk students took the state CTE (Career Technical Education) assessment in the CAD concentration. The 90-minute test is completed online.
The test results then are ranked by the state, based on a high school having at least 10 students taking a test in a discipline, and Masuk ranked number one for CAD.
The tests have been offered for 12 years, and the Masuk students combined received the highest mean score in Connecticut history for CAD.
The CTE assessment is designed to measure career readiness —basically, what an employer is looking for in a potential employee.
Now in sixth year teaching at Masuk
Cercone has taught at Masuk for six years. He told the BOE that Masuk offers an introductory level course in CAD as well as a related honors pre-engineering class with college credit. “This opens up their eyes to what they might want to do later with their lives,” Cercone said.
He also teaches Architecture I and Architecture II classes at Masuk. His goal is to make students career-ready, Cercone said, so some of them may eventually become architects and engineers.
During the BOE meeting, Cercone made a pitch to school board members for better computers, noting the demand put on the devices by such sophisticated class offerings.
Thirty Masuk students took the most recent CTE tests in four disciplines. In addition to CAD, the other concentrations were marketing, accounting and video production.