CTE programs key to strong system

The Career and Technical Education program is an essential component of the high school curriculum. It represents, for many students, a major part of their high school experience. It is a vital component in meeting the needs and wants of students in academic achievement, career exploration and career preparation. It develops the leaders of tomorrow by preparing them for the challenges of the 21st century.

“As a Technology Education teacher with 25 years of experience at West Point High School, I not only utilize this approach, indeed I embrace it,” said West Point High School teacher Mohamad Barbarji. “Creative problem solving is the cornerstone of my classroom. The development of critical and independent thinking is the window through which my students see their world.”

During conference for The Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education, VACTE, in January in Richmond, Mr. Barbarji and other CTE teachers from around the commonwealth met with senators and delegates at the state Capitol to defend CTE programs and discuss the importance of these classes in a high school curriculum.

Mr. Barbarji met with Del. Hodges and Sen. Wagner, both of whom are strong supporters of CTE programs, to share his concerns about the budget and decisions that might affect the program across the state and, eventually, across the nation.

CTE teachers from every district need to step up to the plate, share their concerns and defend the CTE program. These curriculums help build a strong community, strengthen our economy and move us forward toward our goals.

Mary Ellen Borinski

Library Media Specialist

West Point High School

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