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TN Proclaims February National Career and Technical Education Month

Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce students and faculty in 3,400 career and technical education programs of study in the state will celebrate February as National Career and Technical Education month. The theme of this month’s celebration, “CTE: Invest in Your Future,” highlights the importance of career and technical education in providing the essential skills necessary for future success.

“Career and technical education provides students with a real-world career connection,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “CTE programs in turn foster a well-educated, college- and career-ready student body, ready to contribute to our workforce.”

Tennessee’s CTE programs include Agriculture, Business Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Marketing, Technology Engineering and Trade and Industry. Other CTE initiatives include High Schools that Work, Jobs for Tennessee Graduates, Contextual Academics, and Work-Based Learning.

“CTE programs are preparing students to become future leaders,” said Ralph Barnett, Assistant Commissioner of Career and Technical Education. “We hope families and communities will come out and support the 300,000 CTE students in our school districts across the state.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eighteen of the 20 fastest growing occupations within the next decade will require career and technical education. Of the 136 school districts in Tennessee, 126 include CTE programs in their curriculum.

For more information, contact Rachel Woods at (615) 253-1960 or .


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