During a recent conversation, I mentioned that CTE students have a distinct advantage over students who do not enroll in a CTE program. Then it struck me…”there is a CTE advantage.” We kicked this concept around at a staff meeting one day and some common themes and ideas emerged. The CTE Advantage enables students to:
- Engage with their education.
- Explore a potential career choice and emerge with clear vision of a pathway to success and prosperity.
- Learn about industry best practices and emerging technologies.
- Jump-start their plans in high demand, high wage career pathways.
- Access state of the art equipment, software and technology.
- Interact with teachers who are experienced, industry professionals whose experience extends well beyond the classroom.
- Access a mentor over their two years in the program and receive continuous exposure to industry and post-secondary professionals who help to guide their career choices.
- Earn both college and high school credit within their program.
- Access authentic learning experiences, internships and apprenticeship.
- Apply what they learn.
- Interact with, and establish lasting relationships with students from area schools.
- Compete at both the state and national levels, displaying their skills.
- Integrate and contextualize academic skills.
- Become college and career ready.