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Career and Technical Education Month





CTE Month® is an annual celebration held in February of CTE community members’ achievements and accomplishments nationwide. CTE Month 2015 gave the CTE community a chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from classrooms across the country and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying our nation for economic success and workforce competitiveness. 


How can I get involved with future CTE Months?

Great question! There are lots of opportunities for you and others in the CTE community to get involved, including:

CTE Month for Students and Educators

You can partner with students and educators in your local CTE programs to raise awareness of CTE Month by:

  • Holding a school visit to highlight the strong programs of a local institution
  • Organizing a job shadowing opportunity or career fair for students in your school
  • Participating in our annual PSA Video Contest or Graphic Design Contest
  • Using social media to speak about strong CTE programs and the benefits of Career and Technical Education

CTE Month for Public Awareness and Media Outreach  

To tell your story about the innovation and leadership that is going on in your CTE classrooms, contact any local newspapers, television reporters and radio stations to ask them to air stories in February and beyond about career and technical education. Invite them to cover events such as proclamation signings, press conferences or career fairs, and school visits.

Use this sample press release template to craft a press release detailing what your school, program, or district is doing during CTE Month. You can also utilize the CTE Month logos and your school's logo in the letterhead of the press release. To download the CTE Month logo, please click here. By downloading the CTE Month logo, you are expressing your understanding and adherence to the Logo Use and Restriction Agreement

CTE Month Press Kit Starter
Does your program have a press kit? This is a great tool to provide VIPs (media, policymakers, state leadership, etc.) that attend an event or visit your program with ready-to-use facts and figures about your program and the impact you are making in your community! Press kits typically are housed in a two-pocket folder, and contain basic information about your program, a tip sheet or some facts about CTE, a news release for an event if relevant, and a business card for the media contact or public outreach contact at your program or school. Be sure to include CTE Month materials such as pens or notepads, or hand them out at your CTE Month events. Below are some materials you can download to start your kit.

 What Is Career and Technical Education?

 CTE Today Fact Sheet   

 Your CTE State Profile

Learn more about getting publicity for your program.

Reaching out to Policymakers 

Encourage your elected representatives, including mayors, city managers, county executives and state governors, to designate February as CTE Month in your community. You may wish to provide your leaders with a copy of this sample proclamation in your efforts. The proclamation-signing ceremony could potentially serve as an event for local media and as a photo opportunity for your school.

Learn more about establishing relationships with policymakers.

Working with Business and Industry Leaders

We encourage you to engage with business leaders in your area during CTE month. Here are just a couple of tips to get you started: 

  • Host a career fair featuring local business partners and the CTE programs they support.
  • Make a video profiling successful CTE programming alumni and where they work.
  • Ask shopping mall management to sponsor a career fair, make room for an exhibit or provide space for a “questions and answers about CTE” table or booth.
  • Encourage local merchants to announce the date and theme on their marquees, in-store broadcast systems, electronic signs and cash register receipts.
  • Use the resources on our Business and Industry Partnerships page to encourage businesses to support CTE.

CTE Month Success Stories

CTE Month 2015 made the news across the country. A few of the articles are featured here:
In addition, CTE Month 2015 caught the attention of policymakers nationwide:

ACTE Celebrates CTE Month 2015 at Montgomery College  

On February 20th, ACTE held our annual school visit in partnership with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools.  This visit focused on the College’s Construction Management and Hospitality Management programs.  Speakers discussed how federal Perkins Act funding benefits these programs and how these programs make use of “2+2+2” articulation agreements with local high schools and the Universities of Shady Grove.
Following that was a panel that included educators, administrators, industry partners, and students.  Panelists spoke about the importance of spreading the word about strong CTE programs, as many high school students are unaware of them.  Attendees then toured the facilities of these two programs.  This visit provided valuable information to attendees, who included members of the federal Departments of Education and Labor and the Maryland Department of Education, about Montgomery College’s strong CTE programs and the ways these programs introduce students to compelling, rapidly chaning fields and provide them with skills that will prepare them for 21st century jobs. 
ACTE would like to thank Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and all the presenters from other organizations for a great school visit.  For additional information, see the agenda and the PowerPoints used by presenters. If you are interested in hosting a visit to showcase your CTE programs, check out ACTE’s list of tips or school visit strategy video, or contact koshinskie@acteonline.org for more information.


Congratulations to our CTE Month 2015 Innovators

In partnership with the National Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and the Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Adult Education (OCTAE), we selected a series of students and teachers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication, and leadership in the field of Career and Technical Education.  These innovators will be honored at an event in Washington D.C. in May.  They are:

FFA: Students: Whitney Bowman(VA), Catherine Cincotta(NJ).  Educator: Tyler Pope(OH)
DECA: Student: Morgan Thompson (RI).  Educator: Juston Glass (CA)
TSA: Students: Anne Raheem(TN), Anna Raheem (TN).  Educator: Robert Gibson (DE)
SkillsUSA: Students: Stephanie Wilburn(OK), Ahmad Shawwal(VA), Benjamin Miller(VA)
Educators: Todd Dylan Anderson(OK), Tim McLeod(VA), Thomas O'Day(VA)
HOSA: Students: Ashna Dingra(TX), Chelsea Sanchez(TX).  Educator: Christina Horst(NM)
FCCLA: Students: Jacob Smith(TX), Makayla Hendricks(UT).  Educator: Emily Johnston(KY)
BPA: Student: Rachel Wagner(DE).  Educator: Robert Decker(FL)
FBLA: Students: Danielle Friedlander(FL), Dylan Blackburn(NC)
FEA: Student: Bryan Kuhlman(OH). Educator: Jean Lauterbach(FL)

Congratulations to the winners of our CTE Month 2015 PSA Video Contest:

  1. 1st place- "CTE Innovators" by Goose Creek CISD http://actete.ch/1uwhT4X
  2. 2nd place- "A Thanks to Our CTE Teachers" by Clear Brook HS http://actete.ch/1teFszO
  3. 3rd place- "Synonyms" by Indiana County Technology Center http://actete.ch/1uRDwBR

The winners of the CTE Month 2015 PSA Video Contest were selected by ACTE's Board of Directors, and initially announced at CareerTech VISION 2014 in Nashville, TN. ACTE appreciates the hard work and skill demonstrated by both the winners and all those who participated in the contest, and thanks its members and CTE students nationwide for their submissions. 

Have a CTE Month story to add to the list? Send it to Kevin Oshinskie

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