To celebrate CTE Month, states are taking the lead in honoring the students, educators, administrators, industry partners and all those it takes to make high-quality CTE happen in every community across the nation. Many states are using social media as a way to highlight CTE, with a focus on lifting up impressive student success stories.
Utah has taken their campaign to Facebook and Twitter, highlighting student success:
“My CTE classes have helped me grow as a person and a professional as well as give me hands-on training for careers and real-life experience that I could not gain from any other classes.”—Caitlyn Atkinson, a graduate of Bonneville HS @weberdistrict #CTEMonth
— Utah CTE (@UtahCTE) February 16, 2018
Arkansas is similarly highlighting student stories, in addition to using video to capture some amazing student projects, including this student-build hoverboard made in a CTE class!
Maumelle High School Engineering students show off their class-made hoverboard at AR ACTE’s Showcase at the Capitol which allowed Career & Technical students the chance to show off their skills to State Legislators! pic.twitter.com/71CZ0HoWSf
— AR Career Education (@ARCareerEd) February 12, 2018
While North Dakota is using the hashtag #ND_CTE to showcase CTE Month activities and accomplishments.
I Love Nebraska Public Schools released a new video for CTE Month, demonstrating CTE’s importance in career exploration, and that finding out what you don’t love, is just as important as finding out what you do.
Signing up for the CTE: Learning that works for America® campaign is a great way to get the word out about CTE at the state and local level. We’ve created both national and state-specific Learning that works logos, as well as a number of resources and tools to help you make the case for CTE. Check out our fact sheets, tips for celebrating CTE Month, and a new guide to help you put the campaign into action.
States are also helping locals communicate about CTE Month by providing a number of resources including:
- Wisconsin, which put together a CTE Month Toolkit and social media calendar, and an online portal where students can submit their own successes in CTE; and
- Maryland released a social media guide to help users get the most out of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, and communicate about CTE in a way that most resonates with parents and students.
Career Technical Student Organizations are also incredible resources to turn to throughout the month. Unfamiliar with Snapchat? DECA just released a guide on how to create Snapchat filters.
Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Manager