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Celebrate Career and Tech Ed Month

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To the editor:
The Association of Career and Technical Education has declared February Career and Technical Education Month.  The month-long celebration includes Career Shadowing events, presentations, and a special celebration in Tallahassee on Feb. 17.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) creates Pathways to success beyond high school for all secondary students enrolled in CTE courses.  CTE provides students with academic skills, employability skills, and technical skills that prepare students for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.
Career and Technical Education is an essential component of a student’s total education and is an important factor in contributing to a workforce that can compete in our global economy.  
In Levy County, Career and Technical Education is provided in a variety of settings and levels.  Students in middle school take exploratory programs or foundational courses.  High School students have the opportunity to participate in Programs of Study that are linked directly to the colleges with articulation agreements that provide college credit towards an A.S. Degree.  Programs of Study also provide students the opportunity to earn Industry Certification and the Florida Ready to Work Credential. During 2009-2010, 290 Florida Ready to Work Credentials and 176 Industry Certifications were awarded to high school students throughout Levy County.  
The School Board of Levy County offers Programs of Study in the following Career Clusters:  Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Business, Management & Administration, Health Science, Information Technology, and Manufacturing.  Students completing one course in a CTE Program may be eligible to participate in the Cooperative Diversified Education Program (CDE). Students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations, like F.F.A., F.B.L.A. H.O.S.A., practice technical skills, compete against other students, visit college campuses, work with industry partners, and develop lifelong relationships and skills that benefit them in the world beyond high school.

Carol Jones, Career & Technical Education Coordinator
School Board of Levy County