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Career and job fairs Feb. 6 and 11 highlight CTE Month at Sussex Tech

Feb 01, 2013
Source: Submitted Child Development Watch representative Lisa Crim, left, talks to Sussex Tech students during last year’s CTE Career Fair.

Students and faculty at Sussex Techncial School District will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education Month. This year’s theme is Career and Technical Education Works.

CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled at Sussex Tech are a High School Career Fair and an Adult Ed Job Fair.

The High School Career Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6.  Dozens of local businesses will have access to more than 1,300 students. Presenters will explain to students the job market, needed education to be competitive, and career paths in the respective core tech areas. More than 30 businesses have already committed to participate.

Among them are Beebe Medical Center, Nickle Electric, PNC Bank, Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology, Delaware Electric Cooperative, Nanticoke Health Systems, Delaware Tech, First State Community Action Agency, Flexera, County Bank, Delaware State Police, George Sherman Heating, CHEER, La Red Health Center and Widener University.

The Adult Ed Job Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11.

Dozens of companies will have the opportunity to expose their business to more than 3,000 Continuing Education students

“The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Dr. A.J. Lathbury, superintendent of Sussex Technical School District. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students’ lives with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees as well as future leaders.”

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, four-year universities and more. 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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one-third of the fastest-growing occupations will require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational certificate. At a time when job opportunity is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.

Sussex Tech invites the public to visit the school during CTE Month to learn more about Career and Technical Education. To schedule an appointment, call Sussex Tech’s Community/Business and Industry Liaison Joe Booth at 302-856-0961.

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