Nevada Department of Education Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month
CARSONCITY, Nev.– The Nevada Department of Education recognizes February as Career and technical Education (CTE) Month. Proclaimed by GovernorLombardo and designated by the Association for Careerand Technical Education, the month recognizes the positive impacts of CTE programs on Nevada’s students and workforce.
“ Career and Technical Education programs are delivering real results, giving our Nevada economy a competitive edge, and preparing our learners for high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand careers here in the SilverState,” said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “ Students who engage in these programs are proven to be more engaged, earn industry-recognized credentials, and have careers that are both rewarding and family-sustaining.”
“ Our Career and Technical Education programs enable Nevada students to graduate career-ready and well-equipped to enter our state workforce,” said Governor Joe Lombardo. “ These programs are invaluable, and I encourage all Nevada students to learn more about pursuing CTE pathways.”
Facts and statistics related to CTE in Nevada include:
Nevadahas CTE pathways in all 16 NationalCareer Clusters available to students throughout the State, with innovative programs of study in healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, education, and more.
Students who participate in CTE programs experience higher graduation rates than their peers, with a 92.3% graduation rate for CTE students in the Class of 2022, compared to an 81.7% Statewide average graduation rate.
This 2022-23 school year, 77,049 high school students and 2,809 middle school students are enrolled in CTE programs of study or middle school courses. High school enrollment for schoolyear 2022-23 represents a 2% increase from the 2021-22 school year.
Throughout CTE Month, designated weeks focus on specifictrades, including:
SkillsUSAWeek, February 6–10
FutureBusiness Leaders of America (FBLA) Week, February 5–11
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week, February 13–17
National FFA Week,February 18 - 25
There are several opportunities throughout February for Nevadaeducators, students, parents, and families to celebrate CTE month, includingthe following:
Student Trophy Contest and Logo Contest
The Nevada Association for Career and Technical Education (NACTE) ishosting two separate contests open to all Nevada students. The NACTEConference 2023 Logo Competition invites students to design a logo that reflects thisyear’s conference theme: The 4 C’s of CTE: Communicate, Collaborate, Create, Celebrate. The NACTEConference 2023 Trophy Competition invites students to design a trophy that reflectsthis year’s conference theme. The prize for each contest is $250 cash for the student and $250 for the student’s teacher.
Nominate a CTE Educator for ACTE Excellence Awards
Nevadans can support our CTE teachers and administrators by nominating them for ACTE Excellence Awards. There are 8 categories: Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Postsecondary Professional of the Year; Counseling and Career Development Professional Award, New Teacher of the Year, Carl Perkins Community Service Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to nominate aneducator. Click here to nominateyourself. You can also submit nominations for Business-Education Partner awards by clicking here.
Use Social Media to Thank a CTE Educator
Access Resources from Nepris forNevada
Visit Nepris forNevada to find opportunities to easily connect industry professionalsdirectly with Nevada’s students. Through Nepris, educators and students can participate in industry chats, access recorded sessions and on-demand training, and invite industry professionals into their classrooms for real-world learning opportunities.
Visit the NDE website to learn more about CTE in Nevada.
About the NevadaDepartment of Education
TheNevada Department of Education (NDE) leads and collaborates with Nevada’s 17school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority to advanceeducational equity Statewide. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NDE oversees all pre-K-12 education in the State, working to achieve its mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning, and promoting excellence. Under theleadership of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of PublicInstruction, NDE impacts the achievement of nearly half a million children and30,000 educators.Learn more at https://doe.nv.gov/and join us on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.