Magazine article Techniques

Thank You for the Journey!

Magazine article Techniques

Thank You for the Journey!

Article excerpt

THIS IS MY LAST COLUMN for the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and for Techniques. I have many mixed feelings--a lot of nostalgia, a little sadness and even a bit of anxiety about my next journey. However, the one consistent feeling is a continuing, steadfast commitment to career and technical education (GTE) and the value it brings to every individual, community and this great country. I am deeply proud that together we have made progress towards seeing that CTE is at the forefront of our national priorities.

The vision and work of ACTE have never been more important. Together we have positioned CTE at the front of the education transformation conversation and as the bridge between education and industry. And we have demonstrated that CTE is the critical link in the economic recovery of this country and the pathway to individual success. It has been my privilege and honor to be your servant-leader for these past eleven years.

While I am very proud of the work we have accomplished, there is much still to be done. Now, more than ever, CTE has the ability to shape the education landscape. During this time of rapid change, it is CTE that can respond to the evolving needs of the workplace. It is CTE that engages students and helps them understand how to meaningfully apply what is being learned in the classroom. It is CTE that enables students to understand the intangible skills and attitudes required in the business world.

We have a common goal and purpose--to develop an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. …

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