On February 12, Acting
Secretary of Education Noe Ortega visited Pittsburgh Public Schools on
the virtual Schools That Teach Tour to celebrate career and technical
education (CTE) teachers as part of CTE Month. During his visit, he
recognized teachers and staff for their commitment to student success
throughout the pandemic.
we’ve seen networks built in communities across the commonwealth that
fulfill local workforce needs, provide students with opportunities to
learn alongside trained professionals, and promote the valuable role
technical education plays in our educational system,” Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega said. “It is through these achievements and more that work to advance the narrative that students can pursue numerous pathways to postsecondary success.”
Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE educators created take-home educational toolkits for their students, which offered continued, hands-on skills development opportunities while school buildings were closed.
continue to be impressed everyday by the incredible ingenuities of our
teachers to engage students in new ways during this pandemic - take-home educational toolkits are
a perfect example of innovative solutions to challenges for students
studying everything from carpentry to the culinary arts.” Ortega added.
Celebrated annually each February, CTE Month helps raise awareness of the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.
Career and technical education centers (CTC) prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers through rigorous academic courses as well as hands-on learning opportunities. A career in technical education covers several fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management, and more.
November, PDE awarded approximately $1.2 million in competitive grants
to 34 CTCs across the state for the purchase of new equipment aligned to
training students in high-demand occupations. The purpose of the grant
is to purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for
use in PDE-approved CTE programs and to provide hands-on training to
students in those programs. The maximum grant award allowed under the
program is $50,000; each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a
local source which could include local school funds or contributions
from business and industry partners; and score 80 points or above on the
2019-20, CTE students earned a total of 33,769 industry certifications –
a 65% increase since 2012-13. Of the total 68,105 CTE students in the
2019-20 school year, 19,338 CTE students (28.4 percent) of the total
secondary CTE student enrollment earned industry certifications.