The truth of the matter is that CTE is needed. The jobs/careers that result is how many people provide for their families. The skills and services taught are those that are needed throughout society. We have grown up to be dependent on cars (automotive). We cannot live without comfort or we think we are not able to (HVAC). We spend a lot of time making sure we look good (cosmetology). Just taking a look around, most of us haven’t missed any meals and we are known to make up for it if we do (culinary)! As a result of our eating among many other factors, healthcare becomes a requirement. Some of our fields assist other fields. Look at how healthcare benefits: Automotive – through accidents; Cosmetology – plastic surgery; HVAC – lack of heating and air (heatstroke and freezing); Culinary – lack of education and will power in regard to special diet; or development of ailments due to bad habits which could still point back to education.
What I would like to see written in history is that having CTE is a necessity. That it was widely decided and accepted that this is an area of education that cuts would not be allowed but heavily invested in. I’d like to see that CTE is valued so much that post secondary schools require it as an alternative for students who otherwise have no experience in their field of interest.
I was also one who did not have plans for college while in high school. I believe it was due to the fact that the family around me had never attended college. Becoming a teenage mother quickly put things into perspective. My scenario is still all too common among students today. My vocational high school did not offer culinary. Today, CTE is growing and giving students the head start they need to compete. As I began to figure things out, I refused to get stuck in something and waste find going to school doing something…I did not enjoy. Students today have the chance to begin gaining the skills of a career or use it to support them while they pursue another career.
People in general seem to have no idea about CTE or understand its value but I think it’s coming. I think at the end of the day everyone will know how important CTE is. However, we have gotten away from why it is important. We (in politics) keep talking around the subject and have the opportunity right now to make history again. Here are a few current articles I ran across today and it made me think of our topic this week.