Employers often face difficulties when hiring because applicants lack the skills necessary for 21st Century jobs and according to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Career Technical Education (CTE) is an important tool in helping to close that skills gap because it helps prepare students for careers and engages them in learning.
In a new Friends of CTE Monthly Blog Series, Langevin, the co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus and co-sponsor of the Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act, discusses the need for interdisciplinary education in which teachers and school administrators pursue partnerships with local businesses and community organizations to identify workforce demands and internship opportunities.
“To engage and prepare our students, we must strengthen and fully fund our CTE system,” Langevin said in a recent press release. “If we engage our students and make the coursework relevant to their future, we reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates and prepare our students for post-secondary pursuits.”
The Friends of CTE Blog is a monthly guest blog piece hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). It provides advocates from business and industry, the research community and organizations an opportunity to articulate their support for CTE. Guest bloggers provide their perspective on and experience with CTE as it relates to policy, the economy and education.
Langevin’s blog entry is one of two that is being featured this month on the Friends of CTE Blog Series. In celebration of February’s National CTE Month, NASDCTEc is also including a blog entry from the National FFA Organization, a Career Technical Student Organization that prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.