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Why Isn't CTE Attractive to Adolescents?

Updated: Feb 3, 2018

CTE? Career and Technical Education...do enough people know that? Probably not, and it's certainly not attractive to most adolescents. There is no denying the clear division between college-bound students and career-driven students, and it's pretty sad to see in person. As a former high school English teacher, I saw a division strong enough to keep these two camps of students from socializing with one another. Each year I saw eye-rolls, cold shoulders, separate eating circles at lunch, and sadly, glimpses of shame from the career-driven camp. This divide is destructive; it suffocates the exploration process that allows our youth the chance to find what they're truly skilled at and maybe even enjoy doing - what a thought! The need for skilled workers is growing and there is a very real skills gap that needs addressing (your local business leaders will confirm this). I can't think of a better time to put CTE on the pedestal that it deserves and make it an attractive option to our formative youngsters.



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