Career & Technical Education provides solutions to national employment issues

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FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) will join the national celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month by hosting multiple activities and events, culminating with “Women in Technology Day” Feb. 22.

The initiative is designed to bring awareness and information to students, families and the community about Career Technical Education. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

Career and technical education is a term applied to schools, institutions, and educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation.

“CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, fouryear universities and more,” said Dr. Madonna Jackson, Disadvantaged/LEP Coordinator in the Learning Center at MCC. “CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs.

Students and faculty at Mott Community College will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s tagline is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled are:

• February 4-7–Awareness Hubs to let students know what occupational and career fields are available and what types of jobs a Mott degree can lead to.

• Pop-up event at the MCC branch centers in Clio, Lapeer, Fenton and Howell.

• Evening discussion with community partners to brainstorm ideas that may attract students of all ages to careers in CTE.

• February 22, 2018—Women in Technology Day followed by a free showing of the movie Hidden Figures, in MCC’s Regional Technology Center on the main campus in Flint at 6 p.m. The movie is free and open to the public.

“The activities planned over the month of February will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Jackson who works directly with CTE students to help them complete their degree and enter the workforce. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.” — G.G.

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