Career and Technical Education Programs Prepare Students for Tomorrow’s Careers
February 7, 2019
Carterville – Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand employment that furthers Illinois’ global competitiveness. Last year, roughly two-thirds of all Illinois community college graduates earned a CTE degree or certificate. CTE programs offer flexible scheduling, work-based learning, and stackable credentials that provide a pathway from education to employment not only for recent high school graduates, but also for returning adults, veterans, and workers wanting to update their skills. To ensure that students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, programs contextualize instruction to the application of skills in the workplace and offer access to state-of-the-art technology. Student success in CTE programming is amplified by academic support services, work-based learning opportunities, and business engagement. CTE’s reach in Illinois’ workforce continues to be expansive; currently, there are over 4,200 different CTE program offerings across the community college system.
John A. Logan College joins with community colleges throughout the state to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month. John A. Logan College offers a certificate and degree programs in both applied technologies and allied health including nationally recognized programs in HVAC and nursing.
“Programs in career and technical education are essential to our mission at John A. Logan College,” said College President Dr. House. “Whether it is our new agriculture program, or one of our healthcare programs, they are providing an opportunity for good jobs that are good for the students and the southern Illinois economy.”
“Career and technical education programs are at the core of the community college’s mission to provide educational opportunities tailored to local business and industry needs. These programs lead students into high demand careers in growing fields such as healthcare or cybersecurity that pay very well,” said ICCB executive director Dr. Brian Durham.
In recognition of Career and Technical Education Month, John A. Logan recently hosted a day for over 500 high school students to see first-hand the College’s CTE programs and facilities. The College will also host a Discovery Day in March for high school juniors and seniors. Students will visit three programs and receive instruction and hand on experience.
For more information about postsecondary career and technical education programs and services at John A. Logan College visit www.jalc.edu. To learn more about statewide career and technical education initiatives throughout Illinois visit www.iccb.org/cte.