Magazine article Techniques

Editor's Note

Magazine article Techniques

Editor's Note

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Dear Techniques Reader,

The issue of academic and technical integration is a topical one of great interest to the career and technical education (CTE) community. At a time when concern abounds that American students are not faring as well as they should academically compared to their contemporaries in other industrialized nations, and given that a technical skill gap exists in the workforce here in the U.S. when those skills are needed more than ever, there's no time like the present to zero in on the issue of integration. We must also not forget the approximate 30 percent high school dropout rate which means that many students are being left behind before they can truly begin their lives as young adults.

Without basic academic knowledge, young people entering the workforce will find it very difficult to succeed in the workplace. Without the technical skills coveted by business and industry they will find it difficult to find employment and pursue careers in many of the fields that are forecasted to have the best prospects in the next decade (i.e., health care). Students need to be equipped with the education and training necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace and CTE is playing an important role in making that happen. …

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