News Release

Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

February 2008 has been designated Career and Technical Education Month by the Association for Career and Technical Education. The theme of this month’s celebration, Discovering Skills for a Competitive Workforce, highlights the importance of career and technical education in providing the skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market.

Career and technical education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers. These careers may require varying levels of education – from high school and postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees, all fostering productivity in business and industry and contributing to Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the national and international marketplace. Career and technical education is offered in middle schools, high schools, two-year technical colleges and other postsecondary schools.

“Career and technical education is about helping students, workers, and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their working potential,” said Lee Rasch, president of Western Technical College. “The goal of CTE month is to showcase the options that are available and the people who make those options possible.”

Western provides education and training for high school students, recent graduates, returning adults, and incumbent workers. According to data compiled by the college, one out of two high school students in the district attend Western within three years of graduation. And, annually, more than 18,500 people district-wide take a course at Western.

“It takes a special mix of employees to accommodate the diverse needs of the students that we serve,” said Rasch. “We’re proud to have dedicated staff and faculty who give our students the essential experience needed to accomplish whatever goals they may have. The month of February is a special time to show our appreciation.”

Western will celebrate CTE Month by hosting several events for staff and faculty, including an open forum with local legislators to discuss issues that affect career and technical education.

For more information on CTE month, visit the ACTE Web site at acteonline.org/ctemonth. For details on programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at westerntc.edu.