Students and faculty at Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s tagline is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!
CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to showcase programs that prepare students to be college-and career-ready. All programs prepare students for high-wage, high-demand career fields. High school students at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) will participate in a College and Career Fair to meet representatives from local community colleges, universities, and businesses with hiring opportunities on February 9. Two special activities scheduled for the public include a CTE Campus Tour on February 15 (RSVP Link) and the SkillsUSA Regional Leadership and Skills Competition on February 17 with nearly 450 students competing in events by demonstrating their hands-on skills for judges from local businesses.
“The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Sara Crowder, Principal of SVCTE. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”
Currently, CTE funding is a topic of discussion in Sacramento. On February 7, MetroED Superintendent Alyssa Lynch, Cupertino Electric President & CEO John Boncher, SVCTE graduate Grant Hayden, and Santa Clara USD Board member Jim Canova will serve on a panel to testify at the California Legislative Hearing to support dedicated and permanent CTE funding for California students.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States. It includes comprehensive high schools, career technical centers, community and technical colleges, and four-year universities. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, and global competitiveness. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
For more information and events at MetroED, visit www.metroed.net or call (408) 723-6400.
About Metropolitan Education District: MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
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