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Department of Education Holds CTSO Leadership Briefing

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February 21, 2014

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Department of Education Holds CTSO Leadership Briefing

On February 19, 2014, the Department of Education organized a special event for CTE Month to spotlight four student leaders from Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that are bringing career and technical education (CTE) beyond the classroom. The session, titled “Reflect, Transform, Lead: Preparing Students for College, Careers and Citizenship,” was a great opportunity to learn more about how students are applying their CTE skills in creative ways, from connecting STEM education coursework to filmmaking activities to volunteering in Hurricane Sandy rebuilding and relief efforts.

During the session, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier took the opportunity to express her support for career and technical education as a priority of the Department of Education’s administration, and emphasized the crucial role CTSOs play in advancing the department’s goals.

“[CTSOs] integrate rigorous academic and technical content along with strong employability skills so that students can connect what they learn in the classrooms to real life careers,” said Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier. “They also allow students to gain work experience through internships and to graduate with certificates, licenses and degrees that will make them competitive in today’s job market.”

It is great to see the department’s commitment to advancing CTE, as well as CTSOs that provide key student leadership in their communities. Those interested in learning more about the session or viewing the archived broadcast can access it here.

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