CTE History Today and Tomorrow
What I would like to see written in the history books about today’s CTE (College and Technical Education) environment is that it has continued to evolve in positive ways and that it remains relevant and fresh. I would like to read that is has become a mainstream way to approach education versus the traditional “optional” approach to preparing students for the next big step in their lives. CTE has made great strides in the right direction as current history books have pointed out, but it should be always open to change. Just as we discovered and discussed in our last class, CTE is no longer recognized as just “vocational” classes for those students who traditionally would not be successful in their attempt to be accepted into a secondary educational institution. CTE is a successful tool for all students to take advantage of!
History has shown us the relevancy of vocational training to meet the demands of our ever changing economic climates. History has also shown us that it has had to “grow up” or change to meet these demands. Our current technology evolution continues to support the need CTE training in all fields. As new CTE teachers, we are seeing this first hand! An example for me is that on an almost weekly basis in our school we have community business representatives visit and the message is the same: “We have jobs but we need educated and trained people”. They are not looking for just the traditional college graduate but for the skills trained graduate as well. Current media sources have reported that indeed, CTE training is even more relevant in today’s markets and that these types of programs are producing students that are readily employed in numbers that out-number the traditional college graduates!
My final thought is that I as I stated earlier, CTE is relevant and important today and should continue to be so in the future. What I would like future history books to state is that it is the mainstream method of education along with the academics and more importantly that we finally got it right!