Each February, we celebrate CTE Month to raise awareness of how this pathway for education preparesstudents for future success. When students take Career and Technical Education courses in middle school and high school, they have the opportunity to explore a range of career paths while earning real-life work experience, college credits and more. With 16 in-demand workforce areas, ranging from agriculture to science to hospitality, CTE offers something for everyone.
While we are making great strides in Colorado CTE, we know there is still more to be done. We are in the process of developing a statewide strategic vision and plan that considers our unique landscape and opportunities over the next five years. As part of this process, we will host public meetings over the next few months with business professionals, students, parents and community supporters to find out how we can improve our CTE programming across the state. This feedback will help us ensure we are providing learners access to quality CTE programs aligned with industry demand and that lead to high wage, high skill, in-demand employment.
Throughout the month of February, we’ll also spend time highlighting success stories from the Colorado CTE programs. Organizations like Centura Health, a leader in leveraging CTE to find solutions for fillingin–demand healthcare jobs in the South Metro Area. Or the Parker Chamber of Commerce, another community leader driving conversations about the value of workplace experiences for students in Douglas County. Or the students who have taken the opportunity to pursue their interests while learning real-life skills through CTE programs across the state.
To learn more about Career and Technical Education opportunities in Colorado, visit coloradostateplan.com. If you have questions or feedback for the visioning process or would like to get involved, please email email@example.com.