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February 2018 - Volume III, Issue II
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CTE Month on Capitol Hill

As a final cap to our February celebration of Career and Technical Education Month®, we'd like to highlight a fantastic piece that LeeAnn Wilson, the Executive Director of ACTE, and Kimberly Green, the Executive Director or Advance CTE crafted together. This article comes in response to the recent release of President Trump's 2019 fiscal year budget, and highlights the reasons CTE should be one of our nation's priorities. They write:

"February marks Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a celebration meant to honor the nation’s CTE system. Millions of educators, school counselors, employers and students from across the country are praising all that CTE has to offer. However, President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget does not reflect this month’s celebration.

Today’s CTE is diverse, with career pathways spanning the vast world of work, leading to careers from engineering and information technology to advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and health science. CTE is an important option for all students and provides them with the academic knowledge and technical and professional skills that prepare them for college and career success. In fact, students involved in CTE are more likely to graduate, less likely to drop out of high school, and just as likely as non-CTE students to attend postsecondary education. In light of the oft-discussed “skills gap,” CTE plays a fundamental role in ensuring America has the skilled workforce necessary to maintain its economic competitiveness in the 21st century.

The CTE community has had cause to remain hopeful that the administration would truly invest in CTE. Less than two weeks before his FY 19 budget was released, President Trump urged fellow Republicans at their annual retreat to “invest in workforce development, job training, and open new [CTE] schools…” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently stated that “high-quality, rigorous, relevant career and technical education plays a vital role” in the nation’s education system.

 

These comments reflect the excitement about CTE expressed by parents, students, education leaders and business institutions throughout the nation.

However, the administration’s budget is in sharp contrast with these statements."

Read more about what's currently being proposed to aid in the national expansion of CTE, and who's behind the bipartisan push to celebrate Career and Technical Education and CTE Month!

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