6 February Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage February 6, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General, News workforce, workforce development, career and technical education, CTE, Academies of Clay 0 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! Related Clay County Manufacturer Vac-Con Inc. Awarded FCMA Award for Workforce Education Vac-Con Inc. president, Darrell LeSage, discusses why they continue to invest in workforce education, the company's expansion, and how it is to do manufacturing in Florida. Encouraging Local Businesses to Grow in Place is KEY to Economic Development Clay County, Florida is home to tremendous business assets. Clay features strong defense and aviation, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, logistics, information technology, and business support sectors. Clay Economic Development Corporation seeks to retain and strengthen existing businesses by working to eliminate growth obstacles. Montreal-based airplane maintenance tracking company opens first U.S. office in Orange Park partly because of local talent pool The Montreal-based company recently opened its first U.S. office in Orange Park (of Clay County, FL) because of an increase in aircraft business and the local talent base. Sen. Marco Rubio Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Local Business Leaders at AVA in Orange Park Sen. Marco Rubio toured American Valley Aviation in Orange Park, and after the tour hosted a round-table discussion with local business leaders about issues affecting defense and aviation related business in Northeast Florida. Companies Continue to See the Cost Savings and Advantages of Moving Jobs to Jacksonville “We can have a hard time attracting people to New England because of the cost of living, tax rates and weather,” he said. “But Jacksonville is very attractive for all three. It has a good labor pool, and we want to hire professional people and pay good wages.” Clay's Phenomenal Quality of Life Continues to Attract Larger Share of Floridians The unparalleled quality of life afforded to those who choose Clay County to live, work, and play continues to attract a larger share of new residents than remaining counties in Florida. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.