Magazine article Techniques

CTE and Adult Education

Magazine article Techniques

CTE and Adult Education

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"HE IS A PROFESSIONAL WELDER!" That was what one of my adult students whispered to me, referring to another student, on the first night of an adult welding class I was teaching. I wondered why a professional welder would be taking my basic welding course. During the third week of class I concluded this gentleman was indeed a professional welder because of his skill in welding vertically. During a class break, I asked if he was a professional welder and the response was "Yes." My next question was: "Why are you taking this course?" I will reveal his answer later on. With the current economic situation, career and technical education (CTE) is experiencing a booming demand for adult education. Many one- and two-year postsecondary programs have experienced a 15 to 25 percent increase in enrollments during the past two years, with most of the students being adults. There are several reasons for this enrollment growth:

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* Many adults have lost their jobs and are looking to gain new skills so they can enter new careers.

* Graduates of four-year colleges may have a well-rounded classical education but no specific job skills, so they are now trying to obtain marketable job skills.

* Some individuals take adult education courses to stay updated about new and emerging techniques in their field.

* Some students have vocational interests and take courses in areas such as horticulture, computer applications or culinary arts for their own enjoyment and personal satisfaction. …

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