CCPS Celebrates Career and Technology Education Month
Release Date: 2/1/2012 10:14:48 AM
Students and faculty in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs in schools and community colleges throughout Maryland are celebrating CTE Month during the month of February 2012. The month is sponsored by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the largest education association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. This year’s national theme for the month-long celebration is CTE: Careers Through Education. The theme emphasizes the important role CTE plays in preparing Carroll County youth and young adults for education and training opportunities in and beyond high school and viable options that lead to stable employment at higher wages in today’s highly skilled workforce – one that demands both academic knowledge and technical skills needed to thrive in a global society and the workplace of the 21st century.
Research shows that among high school graduates entering the workforce, those with a technical education background earn more than those without this advantage. In Maryland, CTE provides students with the academic knowledge and essential technical skills to jump-start their future career. Carroll County Public Schools offers 36 different CTE completer programs. Every Career and Technology Education completer program is delivered to students with value added above and beyond the typical high school program. Whether successful program completion is tied to college credits or an industry certification, a student will receive more than just a final grade on his or her report card. These programs are available at all eight comprehensive high schools, regionally, or at the Career and Technology Center.
CTE students have the advantage of increasing their earning power by entering the job market early, certified in their area of study and in many cases with industry specific licenses. In addition, in many CTE programs, options to continue education beyond high school are in place. Most CTE programs of study include the value-added option of articulated or transcripted credit where high school students can earn college credit through agreements with community colleges and four-year post-secondary institutions. For more information about CTE programs in Carroll County, contact: Marjorie Lohnes, 410-751-3104, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ted McNett, 410-751-3049, email@example.com.