Three Valuable Resources for CTE Teachers

The evolution of technology, coupled with industry needs for high-demand, high-wage jobs, has placed career and technical education (CTE) at the forefront of education. CTE has evolved from what used to be known as “vocational programs” to programs of study and career pathways that follow the National Career Clusters® Framework. School districts across our state are placing emphasis on developing strong high school CTE programs that are aligned with industry-recognized certifications. 

As the CTE director for one of the most recognized districts in Texas, I recommend that new CTE educators take a look at these three key resources: 

  1. Texas CTE Resource Center. One of the most widely sought resources for CTE information is the Texas CTE Resource Center. This online resource is available to teachers, administrators, counselors, and other educators. If you are thinking of expanding and enhancing existing CTE programs, this is truly your one-stop shop. From scope and sequence for CTE courses to lesson plans and best practices, you will find what you need here.
  2. Career and Technical Association of Texas. Another valuable resource for any CTE teacher or administrator looking to improve CTE programs is the Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT). CTAT offers suggestions on how to help CTE students better prepare for college and their careers, plus much more.
  3. Pathways in Technology Early College High School. As you continue looking for innovative CTE programs to implement in your school districts, consider exploring Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). This education model was created in an effort to prepare students for jobs of the future. High school students are afforded the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while also obtaining an industry-recognized certification and/or an associate degree in their selected career pathway.
 
Dr. Juan Chavez, Jr., is the CTE director for the Brownsville Independent School District.
 
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