With unemployment at high levels and with the unprecedented need for frontline and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kane County Regional Office of Education is putting a special emphasis this month on career and technical education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers.
According to the the Association for Career and Technical Education, CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management and many more, as described in the national Career Clusters® and ACTE’s What is CTE? page and Sector Sheets. CTE encompasses many different types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom.
February is CTE Month, which celebrates the education of a wide range of career-specific skills that help students prepare for the workforce.
This year, the celebration will be virtual, which gives the Kane County Regional Office of Education an opportunity to showcase the learning going on to a wider audience.
Each Monday in February, the Regional Office of Education will put out a video on social media celebrating the areas of CTE programs across Kane County and will include photos and quotes from teachers, students, and their respective industry partners as well.
- Week 1 (Feb. 1) – Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Culinary Programs
- Week 2 (Feb. 8) – Finance and Business Services and IT
- Week 3 (Feb. 15) – Health Sciences, Human Services, Law/Public Safety, Education
- Week 4 (Feb. 22) – STEM, Manufacturing, Transportation, Trades & Counselors
Look for the ROE’s first celebration on Feb. 1!
For more information on CTE Month, visit https://www.acteonline.org/why-cte/cte-awareness/cte-month/