Alabama Career and Technical Education Month kicks off with community wide events


    Alabama Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month has officially kicked off and teachers, students, and local communities are now hosting special events to celebrate.Throughout February, schools statewide are hosting career fairs, college and business tours, job shadowing days, and professional etiquette workshops to honor the impact that CTE is having on students.Researchers say students with a technical-based background often earn more over a lifetime. "Prime-age" employees (ages 25 to 54) are projected to be more than 60 percent of America's labor force in 2020. Nationally, CTE programs have been shown to reduce high school dropout rates."CTE Month is a great time for state residents to visit our programs to see all of the great hands-on learning taking place in our classrooms," says Philip Cleveland, Director of Alabama Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development. "CTE is a vital part of the total education system. These students explore career options in over 300 courses offered statewide and can receive college credit while still in high school."Examples of some of the career fields that Alabama's CTE students can prepare for include:Education AdministrationEngineerJournalism (radio, television, print)AquacultureSports Turf ManagementHuman ResourcesGraphic DesignPublic RelationsCulinary ArtsSocial WorkMedical Professions (physician, nursing, dentistry), and Marine Technology.To learn more about activities taking place in your community visit www.alcareerinfo.org.

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