This Week in CTE



Despite CTE’s many benefits to learners and the nation’s economy, there are still major barriers to ensuring that CTE exists in every community in the US. According to data from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), districts reported large or very large barriers to offering CTE programs to high school students. Barriers include lack of funding, finding or keeping teachers for in-demand industries and occupations, and facilities or space limitations.


Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week! Check out two of our fantastic Excellence in Action award winners, which are preparing future teachers and nurses:

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center, Teacher Academy (Michigan)
In 2001, a statewide decline in the number of practicing educators in Michigan led college instructors, teachers and district administrators to develop a Career Technical Education program of study to encourage learners to consider teaching as a career pathway and grow their own teacher pipeline. The Teacher Academy at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center in Traverse City, Michigan, brings together juniors and seniors from 26 high schools across five rural counties to experience all aspects of the teaching profession. The Teacher Academy blends academic, technical and real-world knowledge and skills. Throughout the two-year program of study, Teacher Academy learners work directly with students in a variety of classroom settings and earn more than 400 hours of field experience. Academy students can receive up to four industry certifications and earn credit toward local two- and four-year colleges.

Indian Capital Technology Center, Nursing Transition (Oklahoma)
Students in the Nursing Transition program of study at the Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma engage in a rigorous curriculum paired with relevant clinical instruction in a variety of settings. Indian Capital Technology Center serves 51 area high schools, and was designed to help increase the number of practical nurses in the workforce. Established in August of 2011 due to a shortage of nurses and allied health professionals – especially in rural areas of Oklahoma– the program has created an accelerated pathway to become a licensed practical nurse. High school seniors who have successfully completed one year of the Health Careers Certification can enroll in the program and complete the program within six months following high school graduation.

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Manager 

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