UPPER MARLBORO, MD--Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students and faculty in the Division of Career and Technical Education will commemorate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month with programs and activities.
This year’s theme is “CTE: Careers Through Education.” Career and Technical Education Month gives programs nationwide across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how they prepare students for high-wage, high-demand career fields and higher education. Students enrolled in PGCPS carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, cosmetology, nail technology and IT programs will compete at SkillsUSA regional competitions on Feb. 8. Students will demonstrate technical skills and complete a written exam; winners will compete at the state level in March.
“Career and Technical Education has a new relevance,” said Duane Arbogast, Chief Academic Officer. “This program is positioned well to drive the career and college readiness initiative in the district, and across the country. Jobs in this century are demanding and technical and CTE is in the center of this preparation.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a post-secondary vocational certificate.
For more information about the Division of Career and Technical Education, visit www1.pgcps.org/careerandtechnicaleducation or call 301-669-6012.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.