Visions Recognizes Career & Technical Education Month

The Visions In Education Board of Directors officially proclaimed February as Career Technical Education (CTE) Month! The board unanimously adopted this resolution at the January 28 Board Meeting to acknowledge the importance of these programs and to educate students and families about how they can get involved.

“I’m a product of CTE and know how meaningful it is,” said Board Chairperson Katie McCleary. “I look forward to hearing from students about their experiences.” 

This year, to kick off and recognize our first annual CTE Month, we will be posting weekly articles that provide valuable CTE information to all members of the Visions community. 

WEEK 1: GET TO KNOW CTE


What is Career Technical Education?

CTE is a program of study that integrates core academics with technical knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary degrees, industry certifications, and a wide variety of high-employing careers. With a focus on real-world applications, students are more engaged in their education and better grasp the value in what they’re learning. CTE programs develop essential employability or professional skills that are applicable across all career areas and are essential building blocks to success in further education and work. 

What Career Industries Does CTE Include?

In the state of California, CTE courses fall under one of these 15 industry sectors, which lead to 58 career paths: 

  • Health Science & Medical Technology
  • Building & Construction Trades 
  • Engineering & Architecture
  • Business & Finance
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Arts, Media, & Entertainment
  • Marketing, Sales, & Services
  • Education, Child Development, & Family Service
  • Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Energy, Environment, & Utilities
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Public Services
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Fashion & Interior Design

See all the career paths >> 

What is a CTE Pathway?

A CTE pathway is a sequence of CTE courses within an industry. Courses are sequenced so that students build on prior knowledge and work toward advanced coursework. Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career as well as address the increasing skills gap—the disparity between the skills job-seekers have and the skills that employers need.

Why Should a Student Participate in a CTE Program?

  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, graduate at higher rates, and typically go on to postsecondary education. 
  • CTE programs prepare students for fast-growing, high-earning jobs.
  • CTE programs prepare students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical and/or job-specific skills. 
  • CTE students and their parents are three times more likely to report being “very satisfied” with the real-world learning component of their education than non-CTE students and parents.
  • CTE courses make students more employable: employers overwhelmingly say the most valuable employee skills are professionalism, teamwork, and written and oral communication. CTE students are shown to gain these important “employable” skills, while further gaining skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, personal responsibility, time management, persistence, self-advocacy, and interpersonal communications.
  • The percentage of associate-degree “good jobs”—jobs that pay a median annual income of $55,000+ without a bachelor’s degree—grew by 83% between 1991 and 2016. Post-secondary CTE programs lead to associate degrees, post-secondary certificates, and industry credentials that qualify individuals for the 30 million “good jobs” in the US. 

Learn more! For more information about Visions’ CTE program, contact Nancy Ortner at nortner@viedu.org.

NEXT WEEK: VISIONS’ CTE PATIENT CARE PATHWAY

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Benjamin Drahmann

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