Celebrating Career and Technical Education
Iowa students filled the rotunda of the Capitol today to increase awareness of career and technical education (CTE) programs and show how these innovative programs are preparing students for success in college and careers.
Today’s CTE consists of programs that integrate technical, academic and employability skills in a hands-on environment aligning with regional workforce demands. In Iowa, these programs are preparing students for careers in a wide range of fields, including agriculture, business, computer science, advanced manufacturing, engineering, health care, education, and culinary arts, among others.
"Career and Technical Education motivates and inspires students to develop many skills that employers need most across jobs and industries. These essential skills are gained in CTE programs, through CTE courses, work-based learning, career and technical student organizations and dual/concurrent enrollment,” said Sandy Miller, executive director of the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education.
In recognition of the role CTE has in preparing students for college and careers, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation today recognizing February as CTE month in Iowa. The month coincides with a national campaign celebrating achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.
“Today’s CTE programs offer students more choices with career pathways aligned to regional workforce needs that lead to industry certifications and postsecondary credentials,” said Jeremy Varner, administrator of for the Department of Education’s division of community colleges and workforce preparation.
Providing students with high-quality CTE programs is in line with the state’s Future Ready Iowa initiative, which focuses on making Iowa’s talent pipeline a more skilled workforce. Future Ready Iowa’s goal is for 70 percent of Iowans in the workplace to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.