Family and Consumer Sciences Education




Focus On: Family and Consumer Sciences Education Each month, throughout the year, the CTE Directions newsletter will highlight one of the seven CTE Areas of Study. . . . → Read More

Plan Now to Be a Lifelong Learner




The years spent in middle/junior high and high school are key to laying the foundation to succeed in life beyond high school—college and career. To be successful, you need to continue to learn throughout your entire life. There will never come a time when you have learned everything there is to know. . . . → Read More

Academic Skills + Technical Skills + Employability Skills = College and Career Ready




Career and Technical Education has a vital role in strengthening the workforce at both the state and national levels. By assuring the readiness of students for both college and careers, CTE also increases the ability of our state and nation to successfully compete in the global marketplace. . . . → Read More

Mind the Skills Gap

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




You may have heard the phrase, “mind the gap,” a warning to passengers on the London Underground to be cautious as they cross from the station platform into the train. Equally deserving of careful attention is the skills gap. . . . → Read More

Three ways CTE Helps Graduation Rates

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education




To be ready for life after high school, students first need to graduate. To follow are three often-cited reasons that students drop out (Johnston, J. H. (2010) Dropout Prevention: A Research Brief. Fairfield, CT: Education Partnerships, Inc.,) followed by some examples of ways that Career and Technical Education (CTE) can help prevent students from dropping out. . . . → Read More