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February is CTE Month

Students, teachers, parents and business partners will have roles in Lamar County’s celebration of Career and Technical Education Month in February through Lamar County high school and the College and Career Academy. A nationwide event, CTE Month provides opportunities for career and technical programs and students to demonstrate how CTE helps students be college and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage jobs in many career fields, said Sheila Wilson, local CTE director. ’By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students’ lives with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders,’ she added. Lamar County offers career pathways in health science, architecture and construction, education and training, business management and administration and government and public administration (here, that pathway is the Army JROTC program). Each pathway has its own Career and Technical Student Organization, Wilson said. For the next several weeks students will demonstrate skills, taking pictures of their accomplishments and their leaders and interacting with parents and the public to educate the community about CTE. National statistics show CTE encompasses 94% of high school students and 13 million post-secondary students in the United States. ’CTE is a major part of the solution to national economic and workforce problems. Students are being adequately equipped with skills to enter and succeed in the workplace. Look for more information in February,’ said Wilson.

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