Career and technical education programs play a critical role in schools. They allow students to gain relevant career skills and create access to new career paths directly out of school. What students glean from CTE, though, is dependent on the strength of the program itself, and COVID-19 has taken its toll on many programs due to restricted space and limited equipment. According to an interview in District Administration with architect Tyler Whitehead, there are many ways educators can reimagine these spaces and help them thrive — even during a pandemic.
Industry certifications enable students to receive the skills that will earn them a high-paying, in-demand job when they graduate from high school, whether it be in manufacturing, finance, technology, culinary arts, health care or another field.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes transitioned online. While a lot of classes made successful transitions, the quality of many career technical education classes was inhibited due to the inability to provide necessary machinery. According to an article in District Administration, concerns have arisen about how lack of proper CTE training will impact students’ college and career readiness and how much the equity gap will increase.
Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.