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Why CTE?

The case is this: in order for students to succeed, we need to prepare them
for the ever-changing world of work, which means not only college
readiness, but career readiness—students with access to postsecondary
education and skills attainment possibilities that will prepare them to
achieve in the 21st century.

We ask the question, “Why Career and Technical Education?” with
honesty. Why, among the many competing education demands, student needs,
and graduation requirements, does a program that has its foundations in the
1917 Smith-Hughes Act hold relevancy still? Between emphases on early
learning to college preparation, where does Career and Technical Education
(CTE) fit in and merit consideration? Why should students who barely have
an opportunity to explore the arts, health and fitness, or social studies,
be directed to courses in aerospace manufacturing, horticulture, financial
math, sports medicine, or integrated science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM)?

The answer to the above questions, we believe, is that CTE offers a unique
opportunity to engage students in an enormous variety of subjects,
incorporating academic, creative and technical skills, with the specific
goal, nowhere else represented in education, of preparing students for all
of life that comes after high school.

CTE needs to be an integral part of every student’s education so that
all students graduate from high school globally competitive for work,
prepared for postsecondary education, and ready for life as positive,
contributing members of society in the 21st century


Source: www.k12.wa.us/CareerTechEd/WhyCTE.aspx


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