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Wall Street Journal Highlights Job Training Programs

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July 21, 2014

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Wall Street Journal Highlights Job Training Programs

The Wall Street Journal published an article on Saturday, July 19, about how technical and job training programs are preparing today's professionals for career success in CTE fields. The article outlines how the 21st-century job market offers a breadth of challenging, fulfilling and lucrative career opportunities that provide economic mobility, and dispels the common sentiment that access to the middle class is a thing of the past.

The article includes real-life examples of CTE students that have made the most of their job training opportunities to tap into the full potential of their careers. For example, one student from Texas joined a welding program at a local training center after struggling in school, and found that he not only enjoyed his program, but that it enhanced his academic performance by providing real-world examples that he could use to apply his skills. The student went on to continue his education with an industry-recognized job training program, and is gaining the experience and skills he will need to succeed in his career.

As Congress turns its attention to CTE and workforce training initiatives, it's important that the public has a strong understanding of and support for the invaluable role these programs play in powering America's economic competitiveness. ACTE works continuously to carry out a variety of public awareness and outreach activities that highlight CTE's benefits for students and the business community.

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