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Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage

Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage

Clay County Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

Students and faculty in Clay County will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!"  CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares whem for high-wage, high-demand career fields.  Activities include:  CTE teacher and student recognition, leadership and community service events, school tours and more!  

“The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Chereese Stewart, Clay County Career and Technical Education Director. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”

Learn more about education and workforce development in Clay here.

Nationwide, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce. 

Locally, Clay County has 35 different programs of study in 14 career cluster areas.  124 CTE teachers serve 15,000 high school and junior high students.  Last school year, Clay County students earned 1,775 nationally-recognized industry certifications from organizations such as Adobe, Microsoft, AutoCAD, CISCO, Comp TIA and more!  CTE students have dual enrollment opportunities in business, finance, and early childhood education and they can participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) such as FBLA, FCCLA, TSA, FFA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA where they can develop leadership skills and serve their community.  

Business and community leaders' support is always needed in CTE program to serve as guest speakers in classrooms, provide sites for field trip visits, provide technical assistance to teachers, serve as judges for competitions or mock job interviews, provide student internships or career shadowing, provide teacher externships, serve on an advisory committee, help students prepare for industry certifications and more!  

Clay County has a lot to celebrate during CTE Month due to the hard work of our teachers to prepare students to become college and career ready!  

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