February is CTE Month

This month is CTE Month®! This means the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) "recognizes the dedicated teachers, administrators, students and companies working to make Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs a valuable vocational pathway. This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow," underlining the importance of readying today's students to join the workforce of tomorrow."  Aaron Krish explains in a submission to Visibility Matters.

NCCPA  would also like to take this time to recognize all of you doing this important work and increasing our mission of preparing all students for college, career and life.

As we delve into the second half of Year 3 of our collaboration, many successes have been logged and lessons learned along the way.   Our community college and county office of education relationships grow stronger, our conscientious effort to infuze connection to the workforce in all of our program offerings is clear.   The relationships we have built through this process amongst partners, industry, community are unparalleled.   I sing your praises to anyone who will listen.  

On that vane, we can take this opportunity, CTE month, to share our message with our community.   Severals ways are suggested in the aforementioned article and ACTE offers resources to assist.  Some that I liked include:

  • Urge your local representatives, (i.e. City Council, Board of Supervisors, School Boards) to designate February CTE Month.  [a sample proclamation can be found here ]
  • Use social media to communicate the importance of CTE and highlight your programs
  • Host a site visit and invite media, legislators, community and industry to see your programs first hand
  • Work with your industry partners to highlight the WBL efforts they engage in (internships, job shadows, etc.) and share the value they experienced.
A North Bay Summit 

In partnership with the North Bay Business Sector Alliance, we brought together leaders from healthcare, manufacturing/design, and other key industries with leaders from education, workforce development, economic development and government to learn about and discuss how industry and education can work together for positive impacts in the economy and the community. Keynote Speaker State Senator Mike McGuire spoke of the importance of education and business working together to bring relevance to schools and vitality to local economies.

NCCPA Regional @ Educating for Careers March 5-7

NCCPA Regional will be hosting two events at the Educating For Careers conference in March:
  • A mixer on Sunday, March 5 from 5-7 pm - location TBD. Look for a separate invitation!
  • A quiet work and wellness room on Monday, March 6 from 8-10am and 12-5 pm with refreshments provided, for those times when you need to take a break from the conference, check your email, rest, or chat. Wellness elements may include essential oil therapy, yoga station and guided mindfulness exercises to listen to on audio. Your self-care benefits us all!

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