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MEEKER | Students and faculty at Meeker High School joined others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. This year’s tagline is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities that have occurred were Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) week, Future Farmers of America (FFA) week during which both co-curricular groups sponsored activities bringing awareness to the family and consumer sciences education and agricultural education.
“The activities planned over the past few weeks illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Brenda Hummel, family and consumer science teacher at Meeker High School. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders. It is our goal to continue working with the community to build relative skills and work experience that benefits both students and community.”
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to a myriad of national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when skill supporting opportunities for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.