Spreading the Message that “Career and Technical Education Works!” During CTE Month 2013
February 1, 2013
It’s February and that means Career and Technical Education(CTE) Month™ is finally here! During the entire month of February, CTE
professionals across the country will be raising awareness in their communities
about their programs and celebrating the positive impacts of CTE for students,
schools, communities and the country’s economic success.
The theme for CTE Month 2013 is Career and Technical
Education Works! Throughout the month, CTE professionals in the classroom,
local and state CTE departments and national CTSO organizations will be
highlighting how CTE works for students, business and industry, local economies
and much more. This is a great opportunity to reach out to your local elected
officials and advocate for CTE and emphasize the importance of Perkins funding
to continue vital programs enabling students to be career-ready. Invite your member of Congress to a CTE
Month event, ask them to officially declare February as CTE Month in your state
by proclamation, or schedule a visit with your elected officials to inform them
on the importance of CTE in your community.
ACTE has a number of resources available for CTE
professionals celebrating CTE Month, including resources for advocacy such as a
sample press release on CTE Month, a sample CTE Month proclamation and CTE fact
sheets to help strengthen your advocacy efforts at home. You can also download student-made
video PSAs and print out a calendar of activities for CTE Month on the CTE Month web page.
February 11-15, 2013, ACTE will hold Social
Media Advocacy Week as part of the CTE Month activities. This is another
opportunity to connect with your member of Congress via social media like
Twitter or Facebook and make your voice known. We will be sharing CTE Month
events and activities from members, as well as examples of strong programs, CTE
research and data and much more during the week, so follow all the CTE Month
buzz by searching for #CTEMonth or #careerteched on Twitter or by visiting our Facebook page.
Most of all, enjoy the month! This is an opportunity to not
only showcase the positive impacts of CTE across the country, but also to
celebrate the hard work and tireless dedication of CTE professionals who train
the next generation of America’s workforce. Happy CTE Month!