Career and technical education (CTE) programs across the commonwealth offer students the opportunity to acquire in demand technical skills before entering the workforce or pursuing post-secondary education. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the commonwealth offered more than 1,700 CTE programs in over 200 schools in 2018 and enrollment at CTE programs increased five percent since 2011-12.
Each February, the Association for Career and Technical Education celebrates CTE month® to raise awareness of the value of CTE. To celebrate, PSBA is sharing an interview from Keystone Education Radio, PSBA’s bi-weekly podcast, and success stories from CTE programs across the commonwealth. In the podcast episode, host Annette Stevenson discusses CTE as a vital part of the broader education system with Matthew Stem, deputy secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Dr. Lee Burket, director of the Bureau of Career and Technical Education. Below are five stories that showcase the success of students in CTE programs across the commonwealth.