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School Districts of Palm Beach and Martin counties celebrate CTE month

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During 2014 CTE Month (February), the Association for Career & Technical Education encouraged everyone to explore and learn the amazing accomplishments, achievements and contributions of career and technical education (CTE) professionals, students and alumni with the theme "Celebrate CTE Superheroes."

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) is celebrated in Palm Beach County each year in the month of February, and this year was no exception. What is notable this year is that Palm Beach Lakes (PBL) Community High School recognized CTE Month with its own CTE Week that took place February 3-7, 2014 with the overall district’s theme to “Celebrate CTE Superheroes”.

Palm Beach Lakes’ CTE week included a half-day CTE fair on Thursday, February 6 in the school’s gymnasium. Each career program at the school (DCT, Introduction to Information Technology, Digital Design, Biotechnology, Early Childhood, Culinary Arts, Legal Aspects of Business, Medical, and Teacher Education) constructed an information, display, and/or demonstration table. Some of the presentation guests included Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University, Palm Beach State College, Max Planck, PBC School Board—Department of Recruitment and Retention, Digital Media Arts College, and Lincoln Technical College. A popular event at the fair was the Picture the Possibilities photo booth. Students and faculty were photographed wearing the career uniform of their choice.

North of Palm Beach County, in the Martin County School District, hundreds of students and their families explored the School District's Career and Technical Education program offerings at the annual "Showcase of Career Academies" on Feb. 11 at South Fork High School. The free event was a wonderful opportunity for parents and students, particularly fifth and eighth grade students, to learn more about the many Career Academies offered by the District, so they can make informed choices as they prepare to enter middle and high school. For more information on these programs, please visit Martin County’s CTE website.

Interesting facts to know:

CTE Works for High School Students

  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
  • 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
  • More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.

CTE Works for Business

  • CTE addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps close the skills gap.
  • The skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States, with recent data citing 726,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 256,000 jobs open in manufacturing.
  • Health care occupations, many of which require an associate degree or less, make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
  • STEM occupations such as environmental engineering and science technicians require an associate degree and will experience faster than average job growth.
  • Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor's degree, are a significant part of the economy. Of the 55 million job openings created by 2020, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014

REF: Martin County School District e-Newsletter Feb. 2014

Link: http://www.examiner.com/user-tbmyers21

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