5 Ways to Celebrate CTE Month
Every February, students, educators and administrators celebrate CTE month, a nationwide campaign held to celebrate career and technical education and 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. 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 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. 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.
Use the hashtags #CTEMonth and #CareerTechEd to be part of the narrative.
3. CTE Month and NASA HUNCH Student Video Challenge
The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and NASA HUNCH are hosting a student video challenge to showcase the application of CTE and project-based learning programs in high-demand fields on Earth as well as in space. The contest is open to middle school, high school and postsecondary students. Video submissions are due by March 2.
4. Hold a Membership Drive for CTE Student Organizations
CTE Month is the perfect time to bring attention 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. 2-8
- SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 2-8
- Business Professionals of America (BPA) Week, Feb. 10-14
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week, Feb. 10-14
- FFA Week, Feb. 22-29
5. Provide Feedback on Iowa’s State Plan
Share your expertise and provide feedback on Iowa’s draft plan for meeting the requirements of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as Perkins V. Iowa receives nearly $12 million annually in federal Perkins funds, divided between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs delivered through public school districts and community colleges.
Iowans are invited to give feedback on the state plan, and the related secondary and postsecondary accountability performance targets, through two online surveys, which are open through Feb 13. In addition, three town hall meetings will be held in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs and Johnston from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.