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BCPS and CCBC celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month
02/01/2013

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Students and faculty in Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs in Baltimore County Public Schools and at the Community College of Baltimore County will celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month this February.

In BCPS, total enrollment in all CTE programs and electives averages about 22,000 students per year.

Sponsored by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), this year's national theme for the month-long celebration is Career and Technical Education Works! The theme emphasizes the important role that CTE plays in preparing Baltimore County youth to be college- and career- ready.

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For the fifth straight year, Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" ranked Maryland's public schools first in the nation. This year, Maryland received a grade of A in Transitions and Alignment, the category in which programs, such as CTE, aid students in preparing for college and the workforce.

Dr. John Quinn, executive director for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) says, "Dramatic changes in the global economy have required our nation to shift its approach to education and workforce training… Baltimore County Public Schools career and technology education programs have evolved to prepare students with the right knowledge and skills to succeed in college, secure jobs, and compete in the global economy."

According to the Association of Career and Technical Education, 18 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations within the next decade will require technical skill training to meet industry skill standards. Research shows that, among high school graduates entering the workforce, those with a CTE background earn more than those without this advantage.

In Maryland, CTE provides students with the essential academic knowledge and technical skills to jump-start their future career. CTE programs offered in Baltimore County Public Schools align to the 10 Maryland Career Clusters and articulate credits to programs at CCBC that allow students to continue their education at the post-secondary level.

CTE students benefit from increasing their earning power by entering the job market early, certified in their area of study and, in many cases, with industry-specific licenses. In addition, many CTE programs include options, such as dual enrollment, where students take classes at both the high school and college level concurrently or earn articulated college credit through agreements with community colleges and four-year post secondary institutions.

For more information about CTE programs in BCPS, visit http://www.bcps.org/academics/cte/.

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