Career and Technical education is expanding, offering students a chance for work based learning.
“The work-based learning initiative has been reprioritized by the governor, the legislature and the department of education to try to get more students into experiences and networked with business and industry contacts,” said Chris King, supervisor of CTE for Cumberland County Schools.
Students get the opportunity with work based learning to explore career choices and build the technical and academic skills necessary for success in those fields.
For example, health sciences were offered, allowing students to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant certification. They were able to work in local hospitals. “They had to be specially trained for that,” said King.
“Now, we have the CTE teachers in each career area working with their advisory groups and contacts to get more students out there across the state.”