Career and Technical Education Month

2/1/2016

WHEREAS, economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of today’s workplace, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness, and is the foundation of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry and contributes to Virginia’s leadership in the international marketplace; and

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education gives students experience in practical, and meaningful applications of basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, thereby improving the quality of their education; and

WHEREAS, Career and Technical Education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills that provide them with more career choices, expanded earning potential, and greater job satisfaction; and

WHEREAS, the cooperative and ever-increasing efforts between career and technical educators, administrators, and representatives of business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our Commonwealth’s economy by preparing students for careers in high-demand, high-wage, and highly technologically-skilled areas in a global economy; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, Opportunities for Career Success, demonstrates the crucial role that career and technical education plays in readying our students for successful careers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize February 2016 as CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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