Magazine article Techniques

Celebrating CTE's Power

Magazine article Techniques

Celebrating CTE's Power

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INCREASINGLY, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) IS BEING RECOGNIZED AS an important part of education, both by policymakers and business and industry. February is CTE Month[R] and this time of year affords a critical opportunity to further emphasize the value CTE brings to the nation. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) stands committed to ensuring that CTE and career readiness remain at the forefront of the education dialogue. We also stand committed to the idea that all students across the nation should have access to high-quality CTE programs.

As we begin to see barriers between CTE and academic courses diminish, a large number of students are reaping the benefits of these programs. More teachers and administrators are recognizing the value that CTE has to increase student academic achievement and high school graduation rates. And more employers are looking to CTE to meet the critical need for an investment in our workforce to narrow the skills gap. As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers. With our community expanding, our voices are stronger, allowing for increased support for the funding of career and technical education programs. …

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