February is Career and Technical Education Month

February 2nd, 2016

New Jersey has a lot to celebrate this year.

Check back with this page throughout the month for new stories, videos and highlights.

NJCCVTS and the staffs and students in our 21 districts will be hosting many special events, visits and activities designed to spread the word about the benefits of career and technical education for all types of students interested in all types of careers and college, too.

Calendar of district CTE Month activities.

Thanks to five bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie in late 2014, our state is now a national leader in making CTE and career-readiness economic priorities.

Read the NJ Spotlight op ed by NJCCVTS President and Monmouth County Vocational School District Superintendent Tim McCorkell on the great advances that have been made in a little more than a year, thanks to a collaborative focus by committed legislators, the administration, the business community and education policy-makers.

National and local news organizations, are paying attention to CTE, too.
Here are some recent stories:
From PBS News Hour (video):  Should more kids skip college for workforce training?
From USA Today:  Four year college isn’t the only path to career-readiness 
From US News & World Report:  Explore programs at trade schools, community colleges

News from our schools other CTE supporters.
Reports on CTE Month activities and events:
NJ Senate resolution designates February as Career and Technical Education Month
From NJ.com, a story on Salem County Technical Schools’ 43rd annual Quality Cup of Excellence:  How one NJ school is getting students career-ready
Congressman Leonard Lance visits Hunterdon’s new computer science academy
CTE Month proclamation signed by Governor Christie

New videos.
Mike Rowe’s public service announcement for Skills USA
Hunterdon County Vocational School District’s new recruitment video for the new Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy.
Mercer County Technical Schools new video features the district’s new STEM Academy and interviews with other teachers, students and business partners on the benefits of career and technical education.
A new documentary about CTE from the cinematography students at Sussex County Technical Schools.



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