CTE is critically important to the US, and the backbone of America, to produce the talented workers that we need in the future to remain viably competitive and economically stable as a country. It is important to support and champion the critical education programs we need to build the pipeline of ready skilled workers for our future. When compared to many of our peer countries, the United States is losing ground in science, technology, engineering and math skills, as well as basic literacy, numeracy and problem solving. Shoring up those skills and training the next generation of workers to fill skills gaps will require collaboration between education and business, coupled with public policy support. Separately, these groups cannot provide the full depth and breadth of skills required for students to succeed in careers and further education. Together, they can.
CTE offers 14.4 million students a wide range of careers in entrepreneurship, automotive, architecture, carpentry, medical, food and fiber production, agribusiness, culinary arts, management and life skills, marketing, technology and engineering. ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. It is their mission to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. The ACTE website contains numerous advocacy resources. CTE professionals are CTE experts, and we need to work together to join in the work of advocating for CTE. Your local advocacy efforts are a key part of continuing the bipartisan support CTE receives in Congress.