Students and faculty at Jeff Tech are joining others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. CTE Month provides students 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.
The activities planned over the next month, including our Career Fair on February 27, will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students. Students are already competing in SkillsUSA events in their chosen career field as the month begins. By building relationships 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 is a major support to our surging national economy and workforce needs. It routinely counters issues such as high school dropout rates, a search for relevancy in educational opportunities and the skills gap that employers encounter. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of the fastest growing occupations require vocational training. At a time when job opportunity and filling vacancies is so critical, CTE programs are ensuring students are adequately equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
The education they receive at Jeff Tech allows them to enter the career to which they aspire already trained and builds opportunity based on the demands for the skills they have attained. These graduates are empowered with the knowledge of what makes a good employee and able to gain employment in jobs with family sustaining wages right here in our area. Many of our students begin their career while still in school through our Cooperative Education program.
Jeff Tech is poised to respond to the ever changing occupational outlook. All of our career programs point students towards high priority occupations in our area and we are committed to sustaining that focus.
Students can gain access to a variety of fields: Computer Network Engineering, Digital Media Arts and Computer Technology programs are available in our IT Academy. Welding and Metal Fabrication, Precision Machining and Engineering shops give students the opportunity to create. Diesel and Automotive Mechanic programs join Collision Repair and CDL Training in offering opportunities around the transportation industries. Building and Property Maintenance and Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration offer a wide array of opportunity. For students more inclined to public service the Practical Nursing, Health Assisting, Culinary and Cosmetology career areas are options. Jeff Tech has something to offer to a wide range of students.
For more information about Jeff Tech call (814) 653-8265 or visit our website at www.jefftech.info.