In honor of CTE Month, we hosted a panel discussion to learn about innovative ways CTE programs prepare students for today's complex and ever-changing world of work. Here are some key takeaways that our CareerScope team gained from the conversation.
Thanks to Mary Beth Smith, Ariana Ramirez, Joy MacMillan and Craig Wilkinson for sharing your thoughts!
Takeaway #1 - CTE statistics
Takeaway #2 - Today’s CTE programs are innovative
When Central Westmoreland Career and Technical Center saw enrollment decrease in their machine trades program, they partnered with local industry to create Phoenix Manufacturing, which combined robotics and machine trades into a new robotics engineering program. Students get in-house work-based learning experiences using state-of-the-art equipment donated by the companies who also provide the required training. The program is mutually beneficial - students complete actual work for the companies and the companies build their recruitment pipeline.
Takeaway #3 - Partnerships between CTE and industry are a key strategy for success
Takeaway #4 - Debunking CTE myths
Myths about CTE are still prevalent among the general public. Here are some examples:
CTE professionals strive to spread the facts about how CTE is relevant and vital for modern-day students. CTE is a comprehensive and equitable program that has implications far beyond secondary education.
To summarize: CTE is good for students, good for businesses, and good for communities.
You can watch the recording of Rethinking CTE to Meet Today's Labor Market here.