Ashley High School, FBLA and CTE Department Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 16 February 2016 05:00

Students and faculty at Ashley High School will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success.” CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Among the special activities scheduled are CTE Talks, February 22- 26, 2016.  “The activities planned over the next month will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Trish Papoulias, CTE teacher and co-advisor for FBLA at Ashley High School. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”
 Ashley High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Chapter is sponsoring the event.  FBLA Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. Career and Technical Education in New Hanover County middle and high school has over 12,500 students.  The county offers 64 Career Technical courses in 13 Career Clusters.  Many courses have industry-recognized credentials that validate 21st-century skills are being learned and demonstrated.  Some of the industry recognized credentials include CPR, Microsoft Office certifications, CNA, ServeSafe and NCCER Construction Certification.
 CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million post-secondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a slow economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.  
For more information about Ashley High School, call Emilie Pridgen, CTE facilitator, at 910-790-2360 x134.

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