5 Ways to Celebrate CTE Month
Every February, students, educators and administrators celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, a nationwide campaign held to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.
Today’s CTE programs have become increasingly innovative. Extending well beyond the development of simple technical skills, high-quality CTE programs increase student engagement through the integration of technical and academic skills in hands-on, real-world learning experiences.
Here are five ways to celebrate CTE Month® and raise awareness of the value of these high-quality programs that align with workforce needs and provide clear pathways to industry certifications and postsecondary credentials.
1. CTE Day at the Capitol
Participate in CTE Day at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for educators and students to fill the rotunda at the Iowa Capitol with CTE displays of quality student learning experiences and to invite legislators to meet with them and view their displays. Register by Feb.1 to participate in this free event through the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education.
2. Share on Social Media
Be part of the conversation on social media by sharing photos of events and programs, highlighting student work, and engaging in discussions with CTE students and professionals across the state and country. Use the hashtags #CTEMonth and #CareerTechEd to be part of the narrative.
3. Submit Content for the 28 Days of CTE Campaign
Submit content to be featured during the Association of Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) #28DaysofCTE campaign. ACTE will be showcasing different schools, programs, and partnerships across the county during the month of February. Schools are invited to submit content by emailing email@example.com.
4. Hold a Membership Drive for CTE Student Organizations
CTE Month is the perfect time to bring attention to all of the different career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and to sign up new members. More than just clubs or extracurricular activities, CTSOs are integral to high-performing career and technical education programs. They enhance classroom learning through authentic real-world experiences and provide a leadership component to the education program.
In addition, many CTSOs have specific celebratory weeks during CTE Month that provide the additional opportunities to showcase programs and student successes. These include:
- Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) Week, Feb. 3-9
- SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 3-9
- Business Professionals of America (BPA) Week, Feb. 11-15
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week, Feb. 11 -15
- FFA Week, Feb. 16-23
5. Host an Open House
Host an open house to showcase CTE programs. Invite students, parents, business leaders, and community members to learn how CTE programs are preparing students for high-wage, high-demand careers. This is a great way to increase awareness, build and strengthen business partnerships, and showcase programs and projects that are preparing students to succeed in college and careers.