When someone is ahead of the curve, we usually like to call them revolutionary, innovative or ground-breaking. In the world of education, I believe the group that bears this name is that of Career and Technical Education (CTE).
As we celebrate CTE Month, it is only fitting for us to look at the national stage, where President Barack Obama pointed out in his recent State of the Union address that:
“I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now.”
I don’t think you have to look farther than CTE folks to find people who are doing just that. In fact, this is exactly the mission that CTE professionals have been focusing on for quite some time.
For years, CTE directors, educators, administrators and those who support these professionals – school board members, business owners and other CTE advocates – have kept a torch burning brightly for future members of our nation’s workforce.
So as we celebrate CTE Month, we thank welding instructors for taking extra steps to ensure that their students have the skills our workforce needs. We thank CTE teachers who impart soft skills on their students so they have improved chances of landing those vital first jobs. We thank CTE instructors for partnering with STEM classes to put as many opportunities in front of their students as possible. We thank these people, and more, for helping CTE continue moving to the forefront as a foundational pillar for our educational system.
It is great to see the focus that new government initiatives can bring, but let’s all remember that the importance of CTE each and every day and recognize how vital it is. Thank you to all CTE professionals for what you do, and what you have been doing, to “train Americans with the skills employers need.”
Written by Jamey McIntosh, Product Manager for Realityworks, Inc. and former High School Teacher