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Why Isn't CTE Attractive to Adolescents?

Updated: Feb 3, 2018

CTE? Career and Technical 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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