Governor Chris Christie has signed a proclamation designating February 2016 as Career and Technical Education Month in New Jersey.
The proclamation was also signed by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.
“The students and staff of New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts are grateful to the Governor and the Lt. Governor for recognizing the benefits of career and technical education and the importance of ensuring that New Jersey students are well-prepared for careers as well as college,” said Judy Savage, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, the Association for Career and Technical Education has designated the month of February, 2016 as “Career and Technical Education Month” nationally; and
WHEREAS, employment trends and opportunities in New Jersey and throughout the world are rapidly evolving due to economic and technological changes, and career and technical education programs enable our students to meet these new demands; and
WHEREAS, parents and students in New Jersey seek educational choices that will launch students on rewarding career pathways with opportunities for continued education, specialized skills and professional growth; and
WHEREAS, career and technical education programs provided in New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts and in more than 100 traditional high schools successfully prepare more than 90,000 secondary students each year for colleges and careers in a wide variety of industries and professions; and
WHEREAS, career and technical education programs of the 21st Century link rigorous academics, technical knowledge and real-world and college-level experiences to help students develop workplace skills valued by employers and better prepare them for post-secondary education and challenging careers; and
WHEREAS, school districts throughout the state that provide career and technical education thrive due to the support of thousands of New Jersey employers who believe in the mission of the schools;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim
CAREER AND TECNHICAL EDUCATION MONTH
in New Jersey, and encourage all residents of the Garden State to learn more about the opportunities offered by the vocational-technical school districts in their counties.