Bonduel’s agriculture teacher, Doug Raymakers, a WEAC member, feels Career and Technical Education offers a different kind of learning. “It really can educate the whole student and give them an opportunity to be successful, where in other situations they may not have that opportunity,” he says in a Department of Public Instruction video celebrating February as Career and Technical Education Month.
In a joint news release, the DPI, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development are encouraging students, parents, educators, and employers to discover the great CTE programs available throughout the state.
State Superintendent Tony Evers also released a video in honor of the occasion, featuring footage from his recent school visit to Bonduel High School.
“You get to look at the different things you can do outside in the world,” Kaila Wussow, a local FFA and FBLA student representative says in the video, explaining her enthusiasm for CTE experiences and classes.
“I’m a huge fan of all the career and technical student organizations,” Evers notes in the piece. ”To be part of a team, to be part of developing these people skills I think is also critically important. It really helps transition students from being a high school student to being an adult.”
In the news release, Evers notes the positive impact of community-wide partnerships such as those he visited in the Kaukauna, Milwaukee, Waterford, and La Crosse school districts. He also noted that students participating in Wisconsin’s CTE programs graduate at a rate of 96 percent, notably higher than those who do not participate in CTE. “That is great for students and for Wisconsin’s economy,” he said.
More information and ideas for CTE Month are available on the DPI website.