Expanding Middle Level CTE One Family at a Time
The NYSACTE fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to improve their leadership skills while learning more about career and technical education in NYS. Throughout this process participants research and solve a problem directly aligned to the development and success of the industry.
NYSACTE Fellow Cynthia Thomas utilized her research to create useful tools aimed at engaging and educating families on the benefits of middle level CTE. Cynthia is the founder of CTE Consultants and a professor at SUNY Oswego. Prior to entering post-secondary education, she spent her career educating and engaging secondary CTE families and students. Cynthia’s time in the field helped her see gaps that exist within middle level CTE, and how these gaps directly impact CTE opportunities for students. Through research, Cynthia identified family engagement as the foundational focus to close these gaps. This led her to develop various engagement strategies and promotional materials aimed at bringing industry to the middle level.