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The month commemorates the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act in February 1917. The Act was the first federal law to recognize the importance of vocational education to America’s economic future.  While the Smith-Hughes Act focused primarily on education for agricultural careers—the nation’s primary industry at the time—today’s CTE is organized in 16 Career Clusters that include critical and growing sectors of the current economy, including information technology, healthcare, energy, and manufacturing.

Throughout February each year, national, state, and local CTE organizations celebrate the achievements of CTE students, advocate for CTE, and strive to raise awareness of CTE’s important role in a strong economy. The month emphasizes the benefits of CTE in academically preparing students for fulfilling careers that will support America’s continued economic growth. Educators can find CTE activities, links to articles about CTE, and advocacy materials on the Advance CTE website. [Read more…]

Learning List has reviewed a wide range of CTE instructional materials across the Career Clusters. Most of these materials were submitted to the Texas Education Agency in response to Proclamation 2017, which called for the submission of CTE materials for state adoption in Texas. Readers may link to our blogs about PROC 2017 materials here:

Adoption Materials for CTE Courses 

Career and Technical Education: Anatomy and Physiology

Career and Technical Education: Medical Terminology

Career and Technical Education: Principles of Health Science

New Product Review: Davis Publication Communicating through Graphic Design

New Product Reviews: CompuScholar Information Technology Materials

Review: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

Reviews of Materials for CTE and Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

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